This week Congress voted in a near-unanimous decision to pass H.R. 1865, FOSTA, which allegedly seeks to combat sex trafficking but in reality seeks to police the safe ways in which sex workers can find and vet clients online. Almost immediately, Craigslist completely deleted its Personals section, claiming that they cannot risk jeopardizing their other services.
Use #survivorsagainstsesta to tell a story. Essentially this bill’s going to shut down websites that allow sex workers to safely find/screen clients. Craigslist personals is gone, as well as sex worker forums on reddit. Convos re: sex/safety are being censored & this is beginning
— Willam (@willam) March 23, 2018
Craigslist is the first site, but certainly not the last, to buckle to FOSTA, putting sex workers more at risk than they would be without it.
CAPITALISM: Get a job. Get a job or you’re worthless. Get a job. Why aren’t you getting a job? Get a job. Get a job already. Get a jo—
WOMAN: Fine, I’ll do sex work.
CAPITALISM: Ew, no, not that job!
WOMAN: Why not?
CAPITALISM: Someone might be forcing you to do it.
— Avery Edison (@aedison) March 22, 2018