workers have threatened to expose members of Congress for passing
the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which they claim has
destabilized and demoralized individuals who work in the the sex
of a Google Doc aimed at outing certain politicians who solicit sex
services are circulating social media.
politicians, watch out…” a New York City sex worker tweeted last
sitting here waiting for all those government officials to realize
how hard they’ve made it for themselves to get no-strings-attached
booty. Better start liking sex with your wives again,” tweeted
another NYC sex worker.
Clay, director of sex workers advocacy group HIPS,
said that sex workers are “scared” about their futures now that
platforms like Craigslist personals and certain Reddit pages have
been taken down in response to FOSTA.
are scared, and they’re definitely experiencing shutdowns of
platforms already, of ways that they’ve been able to advertise in
the past, but also farther-reaching things,” Clay told The
Daily Beast on Wednesday.
Some sex workers have created their own social network such as
Switter, but many worry language in the FOSTA bill could get platforms
like that shut down too.
seeing Reddit enforcing certain parts of their Terms of Service,
and Skype is now no longer a way that people feel like
they can screen clients or do cam work or online appointments.
Online advertising and the ability to use the internet to work
more safely has now been taken out from under people. So people
are having a lot of confusion and concern about what’s next.”
on how one reads the law (and, again, part of the problem is that
SESTA/FOSTA’s drafting is terrible, with lots of vague terminology
and little clarification), it’s possible that prosecutors could
argue that Switter itself violates SESTA/FOSTA,” TechDirt reported Wednesday.
politicians in the past have been exposed soliciting prostitutes,
including former Gov. Eliot
Spitzer, former congressman and convicted pedophile Anthony
Weiner, former congressman Barney
Frank, and former Senator John
all those individuals were Democrats.
the SESTA/FOSTA bills last month, which
still have yet to be signed into law by President Trump.