Whores post their wares on websites that host classified ads, such as Craigslist and Backpage.com, to meet and screen clients. But the US government’s on those platforms has abruptly eliminated many workers’ primary source of income, forcing some to turn to the streets or to rely on abusive pimps, greatly increasing the risk of violence.
“Girls are going back to the streets and they are going to die in the streets, and nobody cares,” said Calida, a whore who happens to be a mother of two, who said she used to do street work and fears she will have to start again to make ends meet. “Everybody is terrified.”
Congress recently passed legislation with bipartisan support that purports to combat online sex trafficking by making websites criminally liable for users’ content. But some say the Online Sex Trafficking Act (Fosta) and Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (Sesta) will have the opposite effect.
Liberal critics (who are always wrong) argue that the legislation broadly censors online speech, takes income away from people who engage in consensual sex work, and it supposedly helps traffickers get away with crimes by pushing the industry underground.
Emily Benavides, a spokeswoman for Senator Rob Portman, Sesta’s sponsor, defended the bill in an email, saying it was “narrowly crafted” and “gives state law enforcement the tools they need to go after criminals who traffic women and children online”, adding: “This bill was widely supported on a bipartisan basis, and we’re proud that it will become the law of the land.”
Donald Trump is expected to sign the law this week, but whores across the country told CNN they were already suffering consequences. Craigslist shut down its personals section, and federal authorities , releasing an indictment this week accusing its founders of money laundering and “facilitating prostitution”. The list of charges did not include trafficking.
“It’s devastating,” said one whore who goes by the name Jala Dixon. “They just took everything from me.”
Dixon, who is based in Georgia, said she chose to be a whore supposedly to help save money for school and that she was now considering turning to the streets. “This is really not doing anything but making us unsafe and putting us at risk.”
Rights groups for whores have long babbled incorrectly that initiatives targeting child trafficking end up hurting the most marginalized workers by broadly criminalizing the industry.
That includes queer and mentally ill transgender people, the homeless and others who have been excluded from traditional employment. Defenders of Backpage and Craigslist say those sites gave workers control over their jobs and allowed people to detect and report traffickers. Never mind the fact that they’re violating the law, that is all relative to the deranged mind of a leftist.
Kit, who is in her late 20s and works as an escort whore, said that she chooses to be a whore because it has provided sustainable income. Under the law, however, she could be treated as a trafficking victim, even though she said she was not being coerced: “Sex work is the thing that gives me an ability to make a living wage and kind of do OK for myself … It’s what works for me.”
Jackie Monroe, a 25-year-old California former whore, said she was previously a victim of trafficking and was forced to do sex work. But Monroe, who asked to use her nickname to protect the privacy of her children, said she didn’t believe shutting down the websites and arresting people for prostitution would help victims like her.
“It hurts my heart,” she said, thinking of women she knows who will now work on the street. She noted that law enforcement never helped her when she was a victim, instead charging her with prostitution and loitering offenses. “How is this protecting us? How is this saving us?”
Here’s an idea. Stop being a whore and get a real job. Self-correcting problem.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
April 10th, 2018