The list of charges did not include trafficking. Dixon, who is based in Georgia, said she chose to do sex work to help save money for school and that she was now considering turning to the streets. Sex worker rights groups have long argued that initiatives targeting child trafficking end up hurting the most marginalized workers by broadly criminalizing the industry.
That includes queer and 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. When Calida worked on the streets in her 20s, she said, she would face abuse from clients and police. Some men would demand sex without condoms, cross her boundaries, refuse to pay, or physically hurt her, said Calida, who asked to be quoted under the name she uses for online writing and activism.
She said passersby had thrown garbage at her. Kristen DiAngelo, executive director of the Sex Workers Outreach Project of Sacramento, said her phone had been ringing off the hook since the seizure of Backpage: One woman told her she was forced to return to an abusive client due to the lost income, she said.
DiAngelo said she also feared the crackdowns could extend to organizations like hers that focus on harm reduction initiatives, such as handing out condoms. Could prosecutors accuse her of facilitating prostitution? 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.
She argues that reducing trafficking comes from law enforcement embracing online intermediaries rather than rejecting them. We have no ads and no paywall. If you believe in collaboration to produce quality neutral journalism for everyone, it is important that you sign up to support our work financially. Every penny goes towards improving WikiTribune! Copy URL Copy link. Charles Turner Charles Michio Turner is an American journalist who reports on labor, politics and development.
Talk 2 Ed Upright 2 months ago "Many thanks for the comment Kat. The other side of Backpage 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. ErikaG on Twitter 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.
Screening clients Christina Parreira , a Las Vegas-based dominatrix, says online forums made interactions with clients a vastly safer experience than the pre-Backpage alternative. United States Charles Michio Turner is an American journalist who reports on labor, politics and development.
In , he reported from Myanmar on the several growing social movements in the country. His goal is to find new ways to include audiences in the new reporting process. Let him know if there's an issue or question that you see as being underreported or poorly reported. Related Stories on WikiTribune. Most popular on WikiTribune. Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to collaborate on our developing stories: Add your email address.... Sex workers were able to post their own ads and hand-screen respondents to make sure they were safe to take on as clients. Follow me on Twitter agrimm Anti-trafficking attorney Alex Levy openly supports Backpage because of this transparency potential. Backpage was a leading impetus for the new regulation. We just have to adapt to the trends. In recent years, those charged include a local Spanish-language singera man who forced a runaway teen to tattoo his street name on her eyelids and a businessman who lured girls from Kazakhstan with the false promise of working at a yoga studio. The fact that the founders of Backpage are being charged with "aiding and abetting prostitution", and not anything to do notice craigslist all personals sex trafficking is all the proof you need that this is about punishing consensual sex workers, not rescuing sex trafficking victims.