Looking for a hooker? Don't go to Craigslist. The popular free website has censored the adult services section indefinitely following a complaint made by a group of state attorneys general regarding illegal ads promoting prostitution.
In addition to the complaint, timing is also at play here: If you'll recall, the other day here in Boston the "Craigslist Killer" Philip Markoff offed himself while awaiting trial for the murder of a masseuse he had hired using Craigslist.
The black censored bar is perhaps the final step in a series of steps taken by Craigslist to appease the group of 40 attorneys general who believed the organization wasn't doing nearly enough to police prostitution on its web sites.
Earlier, in 2008 and 2009, Craigslist had adopted a policy that required a working phone number and a fee for all ads placed in the adult services section. Later, a manual screening process was implemented for all adult ads. Now, the apparent final nail—an inaccessible section and censorship bar.
Craigslist says it will issue a statement on the adult services section, eventually, although no date was given. Perhaps they'll upload a listing. [MSNBC]