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Craigslist Agrees to Drop Controversial Category

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The advertising website "Craigslist" has agreed to drop its controversial "Erotic Services" category.  

Critics have called the "Erotic Services" category a "front for prostitution services."  The decision to remove the category comes amid pressure from state leaders all over the country, especially after a Boston man's arrest for allegedly killing a woman he met on Craigslist.

The category will be replaced with an "Adult" category, where every post will be checked by a Craigslist employee before it appears online.  Any current ads under the erotic services category will expire in seven days.  

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna applauds the website's move.  He says the change should significantly reduce the blatant misuse of craigslist's online classified ad service to promote prostitution.