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Craigslist Adult Services Now Censored

NEW YORK (CBS 2) -- One of the Internet's most popular and controversial websites has shut down one of its sections after months of pressure from law enforcement officials and lawmakers.

Craigslist closed the adult services section of its site and replaced the link with a black bar that simply says censored.

Last month, the attorneys general from 17 states sent a letter to Craigslist's chief executive, asking him to remove the controversial listing.

"It's done the right thing, voluntarily shutting down the adult services section because it apparently it lacks either the will or the wherewithal to screen out these prostitutes ads on its own," said Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Attorney General.

It's not clear if the closure is permanent, and it appears to only affect ads in the United States.

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