Call your Congressional Representative by Tuesday, February 27th to support sex workers’ rights to work!!
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) will make it even harder to prevent trafficking and protect trafficking victims. And government will surveil and censor online free speech, including activist free speech, more forcefully than ever before.
Tell your reps that FOSTA is not the right solution to fight trafficking or to protect sex workers. FOSTA will make illegal safety practices such as screening for clients, organizing with other sex workers or trafficking victims, and hosting bad date lists (of clients who are known to rape or abuse). Basic harm reduction and anti-violence work will become a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Sites like Backpage already cooperate with trafficking investigations, but if this bill passes, traffickers will move their activities to the streets and to non-US hosted sites, making it even more difficult to find and protect trafficking victims. FOSTA further pushes sex work underground, doing nothing to address the conditions that make people vulnerable in the first place. Sex worker activists and allies are vulnerable to legal prosecution under FOSTA.
Call your rep today by going to www.eff.org and clicking on the article about FOSTA.
We will post updates about the progress of this bill and future opportunities to act.