Public shaming didn’t work, and attempts to shut down the site failed both legislatively and in the court system.
The Communications Decency Act of 1996 protects websites from being held responsible for outside content published by its users; attempts to amend or strike down this part of the law in Congress were fought as attacks on free speech, and the law remained unchanged.
Like many ostensible anti-trafficking efforts, this will do very little to actually affect human trafficking.
It will, however, impact free speech, and serve to make many sex workers’ lives more difficult.
The last several years have been good to anti-sex work interests, who have successfully reframed their crusade from being against prostitution to being against “sexual slavery.” The political climate has shifted from the now unpopular War on Drugs to the War on Sex Trafficking, with harsh laws such as C-36 in Canada and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act in the United States funding increased policing in the name of “protecting children” and “ending exploitation.” These laws and their advocates conflate consensual sex work with human trafficking, and in practice mainly target adult sex workers and their clients, making it harder for them to do business and stay safe.
Nor do these policies actually aid survivors of trafficking in the sex industry.
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This leaves Bitcoin and prepaid Vanilla Visa gift cards as the only ways to pay for advertising on the site.
Instead they often lead to survivors deported, detained, or struggling with open criminal records.
But Dart and his allies hadn’t been having much luck targeting Backpage, where many workers migrated after they could no longer advertise on Craigslist.
You can upload your own pictures and videos and even make your own blog.
Using the video chat, you can write to or talk with other users, with or without webcam in our cam chat.
Backpage is used in over 80 countries; because credit card companies’ reach is global, their cutting off service to the site affects sex workers worldwide, including those whose work is legal in their jurisdictions.