Is it free of exploitation? A look at the US reveals that criminalisation does little to prevent commercial sex, but greatly exacerbates harm to people who sell it — and that real anti-trafficking measures would look like resources, not police. People need housing, healthcare and routes to citizenship, not ever-intensifying criminalisation. Fuelled in part by this nonsensical implication of a new threat in reality, sex workers have been in a flat in your neighbourhood since for ever, without anybody noticing , local police forces have been aggressively raiding working flats.
The result is often to arrest the sex workers they find: Those who are not prosecuted are evicted, and migrant workers are deported. There may, of course, be some journalists for whom these outcomes are desirable: Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Now at least 28 U.
A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Sept. The Internet Association, a Washington-based group with members including Alphabet's Google, Facebook, Twitter and Snap, said in an email that sex-trafficking is abhorrent and illegal. But, the group wrote, the bill is "overly broad" and "would create a new wave of frivolous and unpredictable actions against legitimate companies rather than addressing underlying criminal behavior. Google, asked for its position on the bill, referred to a blog post by its VP of public policy, former U.
Smaller web sites anxious to avoid liability for knowingly aiding sex traffickers might stop looking for and blocking such content, Molinari wrote. At issue is the nine-lives existence of Backpage. The website, with a look similar to the popular Craigslist classified site, contains listings that offer services localized by city, according to the report. An adult category was pulled from the site as legislative scrutiny intensified, Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said at a January hearing.
She asked whether the cessation marked the end "to Backpage's role in online sex trafficking of children, or just a cheap publicity stunt. Backpage accepted ads that contained words such as "lolita," "teen," "innocent" and "school girl," and before publishing stripped them of the terms to conceal that they indicated child sex trafficking, according to the Senate report.
Still, ads find ways to indicate a child is being sold, for instance listing a "sweet young cheerleader" and a "new hottie" with "very low mileage," according to a filing at the U. Supreme Court asking justices to hear a victim's case against Backpage. The court denied a hearing.
The Dallas-based site, once part of the Village Voice Media group, has repeatedly fended off attempts by prosecutors and trafficking victims to shut it down, successfully arguing that the immunity conferred by Congress protects its activities. Still, legal scrutiny is a constant. A federal prosecutor in Arizona is conducting a grand jury investigation and indictments may result, Backpage told a Washington state court in a February filing.
In one recent case, a California judge threw out charges of pimping, saying federal law shielding websites "even applies to those alleged to support the exploitation of others by human trafficking. The California judge cited another recent case, in which the same part of federal law was found to protect Facebook from lawsuits brought by terror victims who claimed the social media giant helped groups in the Middle East, such as Hamas, by giving them a platform to air their incendiary views.
The language at issue is part of the Communications Decency Act, passed by Congress in A portion of that law, Section , provides immunity to internet sites that publish content provided by another person or entity. Lawmakers were spurred to action after website provider Prodigy Services Inc.
Congress in a legislative report said it was including Section "to overrule Stratton-Oakmont v. Prodigy and any other similar decisions which have treated such providers and users as publishers or speakers of content that is not their own. Broad interpretation Since then judges have interpreted the statute broadly, and tech companies have come to depend upon it...