New legislation and the shutdown of personal on Craigslist and Back. Some are sending photos of tattoos to make it easier to identify their bodies.
Others are giving instructions for eulogies. Calida, 35, is a Chicago-based sex worker who has depended on websites that host classifiedsuch as Craigslist and Back. Critics argue that the legislation broadly censors online speech, takes income away from people who engage in consensual sex work, and helps traffickers get away with crimes by pushing the industry underground.
Donald Trump is expected to the law this week, but sex workers across the country told the Guardian they were already suffering consequences. Craigslist shut down its personals section, and federal authorities seized Back. 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 Back 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.
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?
Kit, who is in her late 20s and works as an escort, said that she chooses to do sex work because it has provided sustainable income. Jackie Monroe, a year-old California woman, said she was ly a victim of trafficking and was forced to do sex work. She noted that law enforcement never helped her when she was a victim, instead charging her with prostitution and loitering offenses.
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Sex workers fear violence as US cracks down on online : 'Girls will die'. Sex workers say they are already suffering consequences of legislation purportedly fighting online sex trafficking.
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