Craigslist shut its "personals" dating section last month after reports that it featured several ads for prostitutes. Reddit has also closed its escorts message board. And Cityvibe and Nightshift have abandoned their online services altogether.
Digital rights advocates have, however, raised concerns, suggesting the new law will "hinder online freedom of expression". Prostitutes have also raised concern that sites such as Backpage offered them a safer alternative to trying to find clients on the streets. A Senate investigation had claimed in that Backpage.
Rather than barring the users who had submitted the ads, it was claimed, they were allowed to resubmit the posts with the restricted terms removed. The site defended itself at the time saying it had spent "thousands of hours and millions of dollars" to help the police tackle the problem, and claimed that its efforts had helped rescue trafficked children and led to the arrest of their pimps. The site later faced further controversy the same year when the Washington Post reported that one of Backpage's contractors had attempted to lure sex-related ads away from rival sites in the Philippines by offering free postings as an incentive.
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Elsewhere on the BBC. Senate report released in , the site systematically turned a blind eye to possible cases of child prostitution. Internal emails showed the site intentionally allowed posts advertising underage prostitutes to remain active, only removing certain keywords.
After the Backpage website was seized , seven Backpage executives were indicted on charges relating to prostitution and money laundering, but not sex trafficking NPR.
Several groups that work on the front lines of the sex trade are not convinced SESTA will curb the most egregious cases of sexual abuse and violence. Sex workers themselves say they use the service to screen clients before meeting them. Fear of being arrested, and generally precarious lifestyles, make outreach a difficult task for sex worker activists. For Erika Gonzalez, a lawyer for trafficked victims, Backpage was a last-ditch resource to contact clients who had disappeared on her.
She explained the situation on Twitter , the main platform the sex work community uses to reach an audience. Sometimes the only way I could get ahold of her was by finding her through Backpage so that I could get her most recent number. Christina Parreira , a Las Vegas-based dominatrix, says online forums made interactions with clients a vastly safer experience than the pre-Backpage alternative.
With their phone number, she could look them up online. With a few discrete questions, she says she could gauge a client before agreeing on a meeting place. She even began asking for personal references and deposits. Her occupation, therefore, is not based on a lack of options.
Not every sex worker can ask a client for references and expect to stay in business. With the passage of SESTA, legal sex workers such as Parreira are faced with the same worries as the average sex worker — loss of income and safety.
She plans on leaving Las Vegas to join one of the few legal brothels in the country, all of which are located in the Nevada desert. Sex trafficking predates Backpage, but online forums certainly make child prostitution more accessible.
But the ads themselves were not taken down, meaning customers could still set up a time to have sex with someone who could be under The Senate report added to the narrative of Backpage as a knowing participant in trafficking. In , he reported on a year-old runaway girl who slept with a staggering number of men, all arranged by a pimp who advertised on Backpage.
The same horror story, however, is used as an example how Backpage can be used to combat trafficking. The family of the teenage girl in question was unable to find her until Kristoff recommended checking Backpage listings. They were able to locate her ad in less than two minutes and quickly alerted authorities.
Anti-trafficking attorney Alex Levy openly supports Backpage because of this transparency potential. In her view, this is something law enforcement should embrace.
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