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It was easy too because users did not have to register for an account or pay any membership fees like on dating sites. Craigslist would keep things totally free and anonymous for users who wanted a casual hookup. This brought both excitement and risk to the table. After all, there was no way to know if the person that you were meeting was legitimate or not.
Remember the Craigslist Killer, Philip Markoff? He used to meet girls in their hotel room and then rob them. One girl was even murdered. By , Craigslist had become a website used for sex trafficking. There was pressure put on Craigslist to remove their Adult Services section, which they eventually did. But the possibility for sexual encounters was still possible because of the other categories in the personals section. People who wanted to sell sex or look for sex would make discrete posts in the Casual Encounters category.
This became the new category for sex trafficking for almost the next 8 years.