Maria was one of many eager to talk to me about how petitions to shut down adult classified sections on sites like Craigslist and Backpage affect real people working in the industry. I can just meet people on my own and stop as quickly as I started.
While some anti-trafficking activists believe all sex workers are beholden to traffickers and pimps, sex workers such as Maria and Vivian argue that they are beholden to demands no more excessive than what most working people struggle to meet. Sex workers use the money they earn to pay loan officers and landlords, grocery bills and car payments—to meet the same financial responsibilities as everyone else.
For some, sex work is the best option given the choices they perceive as available to them. It is an option some women and men prefer over part-time, low-wage work that—in this economy in particular—is not always available.
At 26 years old, I was working a dead-end desk job and could barely make ends meet when I started selling sexual services on the now-shuttered adult services section of Craigslist. I was in grad school at the time, earning a degree in creative nonfiction with aspirations of writing a book. Escorting meant I could have time to go to school, and write, and still pay my bills.
As a call girl on Craigslist, I wrote my own ads and screened potential clients, making arrangements via email prior to meeting, negotiating what I was comfortable doing and for what price. I did it all on my own, all without a middleman and—best of all—I kept all the money I made for myself. I did it for the money, and it was also true that I enjoyed the work—at least I did at first.
Ultimately, I found myself not cut out for the job. Like many sex workers, I enjoyed the informal nature of sex work.
I personally lacked the sexual education and social networking skills that savvy sex-industry professionals rely on. I suffered from the occupational hazards, and, unlike with most occupations, I had nowhere to turn.
The rigors of the work were made all the worse by an outside world that simply did not understand, and was not inclined to attempt to understand, the real-life experiences of a prostitute. Start and finish your day with the top stories from The Daily Beast. A speedy, smart summary of all the news you need to know and nothing you don't. Bowman dismissed all the charges in the complaint, stating that:. Congress has precluded liability for online publishers for the action of publishing third party speech and thus provided for both a foreclosure from prosecution and an affirmative defense at trial.
Congress has spoken on this matter and it is for Congress, not this Court, to revisit. They were charged with pimping and money laundering. Lawyers for Backpage responded that the charges rehashed the earlier case that had been dismissed on December 9, Jim Grant, an attorney for Backpage said: Since April , the U. Over the ensuing months, Backpage raised and PSI rejected numerous objections to the subpoena, including that the subpoena was impermissibly burdensome both in the volume of documents PSI demanded and in its intrusion into constitutionally-protected editorial discretion.
PSI subsequently issued a shorter document subpoena with only eight requests but broader in scope and also targeting Backpage. PSI applied in March for a federal court order to enforce three of the eight categories of documents in the subpoena. In August , the U. District Court in D. Backpage immediately filed an appeal and sought a stay, which the district court denied, then filed emergency stay petitions with the U.
Court of Appeals for the D. Circuit, and Supreme Court. Each appellate court issued temporary stays to consider whether to grant a stay pending appeal,  but eventually denied the emergency stay requests,  However, the D.
Circuit agreed to expedite the appeal, and one of its judges who considered the emergency stay said he would have granted it. Backpage has continued to pursue its appeal despite producing thousands of documents to PSI pursuant to the District Court order. PSI scheduled a Subcommittee hearing regarding Backpage. S 1st Circuit Court of Appeals that a suit filed in Boston federal court in against Backpage by three women who claimed that Backpage was responsible for them being forced into illegal sex transactions.
The Court of Appeals held that Backpage could not be held liable as the "publisher or speaker" for postings on its site by third parties in accordance with the protections provided to website operators under section of the CDA.
Also on 9 January , prior to its scheduled hearings on Backpage the next day, the PSI released a report that accused Backpage of knowingly facilitating child sex trafficking. Shortly thereafter, Backpage announced that it would remove its adult sections from all of its sites in the United States. In late-March and early-April , courts in Massachusetts and Florida affirmed that Backpage's facilitation of sex trafficking fell outside of the immunity granted by Section safe harbors.
The latter ruling argued that because Backpage "materially contributed to the content of the advertisement" by censoring specific keywords, it became a publisher of content and thus no longer protected. On 6 April , Backpage was seized by the United States Department of Justice , and it was reported that Michael Lacey's home had been raided by authorities.
On 12 April , Carl Ferrer, the chief executive officer CEO of Backpage pleaded guilty to both state and federal charges, including but not limited to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution and money laundering. Also on 12 April , the company Backpage pleaded guilty to human trafficking , announced the Texas Attorney General. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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