Tough-talking state attorneys general are pushing for policing and even the complete shutdown of online “brothels” hosted by Craigslist and the Boston Phoenix on thinly veiled sex-for-hire sites in the wake of the murder of an erotic masseuse in Boston, reports the Boston Herald. “We have the horrific evidence that bad people use these services. We have to do more together,” said Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch, president of the National Association of Attorneys General.
The online sites contain graphic, descriptive ads for sexually oriented services. “I don't believe we have the authority to shut them down. We recognize it's a problem  and the solution has to be at the federal level,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. Top prosecutors in Connecticut and South Carolina announced yesterday they're ready to drag down online sites that give sleazy sex services an advertising platform – and put escorts, masseuses, and other workers in danger.