The shutdown of the US version of the personals section was in response to the US Congress passing FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) which seeks to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties misuse online personals unlawfully.
For more information on the shutdown you can read this story.
Even girls that have no pic up (most real ones don't, hell most fakes don't either), and a couple sentences probably get 40 messages in the first hour. Moving on, posting on CL - mostly for sex, has netted me some really attractive one night stands.
In almost 15 years this classifieds website has grown to become the seventh largest English language website.
The one big problem with Craigslist is you have to be very careful of scams and fraud.