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Artists draw attention to modern slavery. From domestic slave to the Democratic Convention. Sex trafficking victim speaks out. Story highlights The bill that passed Congress may actually harm sex workers, critics say Internet forums provide protections for sex workers, who find work off streets. Seeing her own reflection "was so traumatizing" for Stark, a transgender woman who hadn't yet undergone the surgical treatments she knew she needed. Some days, she couldn't leave the house. She tried taking her own life.
An Army veteran living with disability, she could not get this surgical care from her usual provider, the Department of Veterans Affairs, which does not pay for or perform gender transition-related surgeries. Stark calls Wisconsin home but mostly lives out of a suitcase, maintaining a busy schedule as an escort, adult film performer, photographer and phone sex operator. But now, her career is coming to an abrupt end after a bill passed by Congress in March.
Senate approves anti-sex-trafficking bill. I just call it the end of my career, essentially," she said. The bill, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act , prompted the online bulletin board Craigslist to shut down its personal ads two days after its passage.
The bill was directed against sex trafficking, not the volitional career in sex work to which Stark credits her own survival. Craigslist is an online classifieds site, divided by city or geographic area, through which users advertise a range of goods, services, jobs and housing.
Now awaiting the president's signature, the bill paves the way for sex trafficking survivors to hold websites accountable for "knowingly" facilitating their abuse. The legislation chips away at part of a act that gave a broad layer of immunity to online companies, such as Facebook or Twitter, from being held liable for what their users post.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. Though the bill aims to crack down on sex trafficking and protect survivors, critics say it threatens the lives and livelihoods of sex workers who choose to work in the profession by encouraging websites like Craigslist to censor their content -- pushing some sex workers back out to the street and removing their tools for finding and screening clients.
Some sex workers are already losing their housing as a direct result of forums like Craigslist personals going dark, according to Christa B. Daring, board president of the Sex Workers Outreach Project. Many pay rent week-to-week and struggle to feed themselves and their children, they said. Craigslist was the first site Stark used to transition away from the street, where she relied on her military training to make "snap judgments" to stay out of harm's way, dodge potentially dangerous clients and avoid getting arrested -- again.
Even with the advantage of her military training, however, "most often, physical appearance and demeanor really don't tell you a whole lot," she said.
Many sex workers run background checks on clients, communicate through online forums and check "bad date lists," which sex workers create to warn others about hostile clients. Stark also has a mandatory hour waiting period before she agrees to meet clients, giving her time to check for criminal records and other warning signs. She learned ways to stay safe and grow her business from other sex workers online, some of whom keep blogs. Google it, I swear I just saw an article about this this morning.
So craigslist is being proactive. Any website with an open, not pre-moderated users' speech section is liable for that speech now, from the whole of reddit down to any forum down to any personal blog with a user comment section. Reddit killed hundreds of subreddits too, the same or next day, by the way, and the decimation is still going on. So yes they are, but by this logic, all such sites should be proactive and perform a seppuku.
This is just a very broad, draconian and amazingly overreaching law. DOJ is unhappy about it, EFF has been opposing it for months, and the groups who work on helping sex trafficking victims were the most vocal opponents, as driving it underground won't help stop the trafficking, will just make it harder to discover. It's hardly enforceable DOJ lawyers say that, not me , but even absent actual prosecution, the wave of corporate self-censorship is rolling. This is the worst Internet censorship law in decades since the CDA and the citizen's fight against it thanks to which the Sec.
So what kind of kink does your "Friend" want? For us who have average needs, we usually go to Tinder or just hire an escort. If you are not straight, there are other equivalents as well. Best craigslist personals alternative is here: The missed connections isn't gone, it moved to the community section, so did the rants and raves. So now lonely people and even the angry ignorant people can still post.
They got rid of the rest because the government passed a law that holds the creators of the personal sites, liable if the personals are misused, like by the disgusting pieces of dirt that use people as sex slaves. I hooked up with my first ever black guy here and then only 5 days later hooked up with 2 black guys that fucked me Something so hot about meeting total strangers for the first time, greating them dressed slutty , then fucking them I actually posted something on fetlife about this very thing.
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I'd guess like fetlife or something. But that sounds like an adult dating app. It's set up by the feds to gather your personal info. According to my friend... 23 Mar Users trying to access personals ads on Craigslist in the US are now ad site Backpage, was arrested on charges related to sex trafficking. 5 Apr March 22 marked the end of the Craigslist personals era for Missoula and at which point a majority of escort ads moved to greysparrowpress.net In these weeks, most of the people that were using Craigslist or Backpage on Originally Answered: Where will the past users of Craigslist personals now go?.