Were they illegal?
For those of you on the old side of the pond, Attorneys General (state level) and District Attorneys (county level) are elected by the voters. They have to meet certain requirements established by state law, the strictest of which is that they must be members of the State Bar Association, the "trade organization" for lawyers in each state.
It would be interesting to see how many of these AGs are either running for re-election, or running for another office (US Senate, Governor, etc.) and are facing a tough campaign. At least one, Richard Blumenthal, has been called out on his "military record", wherein he claimed to have served in Vietnam in the 70's, but was actually in the Marine Reserve and never left the mainland, in fact never saw active duty.
Looking at the list of them, many of them are from Republican states, but not all. But they are all bleating the same refrain about child sexual exploitation, regardless of the facts.
I took a quick look at some of the other sections of craigslist.com, and the "adult services" type listing are popping up all over the place. Some are also migrating to other sites.
Interestingly, none of these AGs seem to be going after the PRINT ads in the paid or free distribution papers... Too much work for their staff to step outside the door and grab The Bay Guardian or similar claptrap?
Fail, because all they've done is spread the ads around even more.