Women and children were definitely being abducted and sold and ads were put up on Craigslist and the aforementioned Backpage, and this was put foward to prevent it. It's short sighted and shit, but the idea behind it is exclusively to protect women and children form traffickers. So, there is defintiely an issue. The flip side of this is that you're hurting sex workers who voluntarily make a living like this.
Alternatives are sparse and I tihnk the latest figures show that since this has been put into place, the incidents of violence towards sex workers has increased as the Internet provided a way to put an arms length between johns and the men and women who service them. Also sex traffickers aren't exactly the sort of people that will be dissuaded from their activities and in the cases of children the people paying for them aren't exactly the sort of people that will be dissuaded from their activities either.
What this law does is not help the issue, but hides it, makes the men and women who were using this to make a living more vulnerable, and the people using this legitimately for casual hookups and fun are left in the lurch. It's the sexual equivilant of Piracy Warnings, annoys the people using it with good but naughty intentions, and does absolutely nothing to the people actually committing crimes, in fact it makes it harder for them to find and stop.
It's pretty twisted if you think about it. I can't see why the Australian site needs to fall into line with the tyrannical new US legislation. It's not legally applicable here, so why impose the same restrictions? On 22 March , am American law with good intentions, but ridiculously ill-considered overreach, came into effect.
It makes service providers potentially liable when folks use online personals sites for nefarious porpoises. So Craigslist et al decided to simply shut it down. Any tool or service can be misused. Because Americans, as a rule, don't understand the notion of 'other countries', our baby gets chucked out with their bathwater.
The sites have no one but themselves to blame. They turned a blind eye to people posting ads for literally children sex slaves. If they had done better at self regulating it would never have got to this.
They shit themselves over the new US legislation which holds the web site operators responsible for all content, rather than the poster of said content. Supposedly, this is to stop slavery and sex trafficking. In reality, it's fucked almost every web site in existence which offers adult services in any way, shape or form. There is new legislation in the USA that makes websites liable for sex trafficking that was taking place in their personals section. Reddit banned the advertisement of sex work a month ago.
Seems to be more details in this thread. Reddit are working towards IPO, they've been making a point of axing more controversial subs. One sub that contains footage of people dying almost got shutdown as well.
So the Americans want to tell everyone what they can and cant do in the privacy of their own space, so everyone has to bear the consequences. When will the busybodies actually deal with an issue if there is one rather than take the -just shut everything down -its so much easier approach???
Apart from the obvious apps can anyone suggest where we all look now??? The guys on CL must be posting somewhere?? Australian sex workers are concerned a new US law could shut down online sites they rely on to conduct their business. Think about the tools you use for work, and then imagine a legal change on the other side of the world could take them out of your hands.
Sex workers fear that could happen in Australia if a contentious US bill becomes law. It's aimed at making websites liable if they're used to facilitate "sex trafficking". Like every profession, sex work is increasingly online, which means it often occurs on American web platforms.
Critics say the bill , which has now been sent for President Donald Trump's signature, could upend that by making it risky for American websites to host any sex work-related content even though such work is permitted in many Australian states.
Its supporters argue it will combat illegal sex trafficking, but groups that serve trafficking survivors like The Freedom Network as well as the US Department of Justice say it could push bad actors offline and make them harder to prosecute. The impact is already being felt. In March, Reddit told users it was banning the solicitation or facilitation of "paid services involving physical sexual contact" and reportedly got rid of a number of subreddits where sex work was discussed.
Australian sex workers are becoming even more cyber-savvy in response, building their own networks and encrypting emails. The sex work community uses American internet platforms to advertise, talk to clients and share safety information. Estelle Lucas, an Australian sex worker and activist, said she uses sites like Twitter, Instagram and Gmail. These tools allow her to screen customers, as well as choose when to work and in what circumstances.
Lola Hunt, a sex worker and technologist based in Melbourne, communicates on "every social platform from Twitter to Whatsapp". They are absolutely essential," she wrote in an email. Still, the impact of the bill in Australia is still largely unknown — particularly, a lack of clarity about how it will be enforced. File-sharing site Google Drive and video chat service Skype already ban sexually explicit or nude content, and there are concerns such rules could expand or become more strongly policed if the bill becomes law.
John Scott, a law professor at the Queensland University of Technology, said there are unlikely to be immediate, significant impacts within Australia, but he's concerned the US law could hurt the industry's ability to self-regulate. Jules Kim, CEO of the Scarlet Alliance, which represents Australian sex workers, said these digital platforms are a practical tool of negotiation, as well as a tool for safety. For those workers that are familiar with the internet, work-arounds will be inconvenient but not impossible.
However, Ms Lucas said she was concerned for more vulnerable sex workers who might have less time and resources to invest in their online safety. It's not simply that client communication may be inaccessible; there are also online forums, group messages and email lists where health and safety information about bad clients is shared. Ultimately, Ms Lucas warned the laws might not only impact sites that are explicitly focused on sex work.
To prepare for the bill's potential impact, advocacy groups like SWOP NSW and the Scarlet Alliance have held information sessions, teaching locals about encryption and even cryptocurrency. On classifieds sites like Backpage, Mr Cox pointed out, you couldn't use most major credit cards to buy advertising, but new technologies like bitcoin were a solution. An online community of sex workers is also helping to ensure everyone's technology knowledge is up-to-date. Sex workers are also turning to encrypted email services like ProtonMail, but another option is to control the platform outright.
Ms Hunt is part of a group of developers called Assembly Four. They have begun work on a new social platform called Switter, which is purpose-built for sex workers. When approached for comment, Google pointed to a statement from its trade organisation, the Internet Association, which said it was committed to ending trafficking online.
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