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By Sabri Ben-Achour

Online marketplace Craigslist has shut down its adult services section after being pressured by 18 attorneys general around the country, including Virginia's.

If you go to the Craigslist website today you'll find a black and white "Censored" sign over the link that used to read "Adult Services". The section has been criticized for facilitating prostitution and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli joined 17 other Attorneys General last month in asking Craigslist to remove it.

They argued that the site failed to weed out ads for prostitution, and pointed to Human Rights groups who say child sex traffickers were taking advantage of the online forum.

Still, Craigslist has so far succeeded in fighting off legal challenges. Last year, a Federal Judge blocked an attempt by South Carolina's attorney general to sue company executives over crimes linked to listings on the site.

Craigslist has declined to provide reporters with any comment on why it decided to pull the adult section.

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