Another Report Shows That FOSTA Increased (Not Decreased) Sex Trafficking; Where Is The Outrage?
Before FOSTA passed, a ton of experts warned it would lead to bad things, and now we’re seeing more and more stories about how FOSTA is actually increasing the sex trafficking problem, rather than decreasing it. Police have admitted that it’s now harder to catch traffickerswithout the information they used to get from Backpage, and pimps have apparently seized on the opportunity to make use of the disappearance of Backpage and other sites to more aggressively position themselves as the only option for sex workers.
The latest such report to make this clear is in the San Francisco Chronicle, where police note that FOSTA has emboldened pimps to take control of sex workers’ lives:
“Without being able to advertise online,” Long said, “a huge number of sex workers were forced to go outside, and many have reported that former pimps came out of the woodwork offering to ‘manage’ their business again since they were now rendered unable to find and screen clients online.”
“The very bill that was supposed to stop trafficking has quite literally given formerly irrelevant traffickers new life,” Long said.
I’m truly curious how the various folks who stumped for FOSTA now feel about this. A bunch of Hollywood stars, including Amy Schumer, Seth Meyers, Josh Charles and Tony Shaloub, all stumped on behalf of FOSTA, making claims that were blatantly untrue. It would be nice if these celebrities could respond to all of the new evidence showing that — just as sex workers and experts predicted — FOSTA has made the situation much worse for sex workers, and put many of them in serious danger.
Another Report Shows That FOSTA Increased (Not Decreased) Sex Trafficking; Where Is The Outrage? | Techdirt