"The category, according to a craigslist spokeswoman, was created for legal escort services and sensual massage providers."
well... the volunteers in the feedback forum (some permanent fixtures that seem to have been there forever) have a different story: it was meant to siphon the erotic stuff (aka "garbage") in one area... -- and no, they definitely don't seem to be talking about "legal escort services and sensual massage providers"...
P.S. let me know if you have a more direct quote (Craig/Jim/Susan) from a while back: I think it should be around but haven't been able to quickly find it... let me know if you have it! thanks!