Scott Sabatini - Examiner.com
Following news of a deal between Craigslist and state attorneys general seeking to shut down the Web site's erotic services category, California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued a statement lauding the agreement.
"By taking steps to eliminate its so-called erotic services section, Craigslist has struck a blow against the exploitation of vulnerable teenagers," Brown said today in a statement issued by his office.
"But this action must be followed up with smart enforcement and the assurance that the site does not again become a cyber hub for teenage prostitution."
Brown was part of a multi-state task force to ensure that Craigslist took action to stop exploitation on its site.
Craigslist, the San Francisco-based Internet classified ads giant, came under fire for allowing erotic services postings, many not-so-veiled advertisements offering prostitution services.
The issue garnered national attention when a Boston medical student, dubbed the "Craigslist Killer" murdered a massage therapist he contacted through Craigslist.
Attorneys general across the country ramped up pressure on Craigslist, which has staunchly resisted attempt to monitor and censor its Web site, calling it a front for prostitution. One state threatened criminal charges against the officers of the company.
Craigslist agreed to drop the erotic services category and replace with with Adults Only section that will be monitored by employees, according to published reports.
The attorney general's office will participate in monitoring Craigslist compliance with the terms announced today, the press release stated.