Law enforcement loses this when traffickers switch to private, encrypted, or dark web forums.Many sex-trafficking survivors and victims groups vocally opposed FOSTA, saying it fails to address the things they really need (like housing and job assistance) and will make saving future victims harder.The bill, euphemistically known as the "Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act," or FOSTA, was passed by the House of Representatives in late February.It's been largely portrayed by the media and those in Congress as an "anti-sex trafficking" measure.It also takes away an important tool for finding trafficking victims—the open internet.This new paradigm creates huge incentives for cops and prosecutors to go after websites and apps rather than actual criminals—ensuring thatreal victims, and public safety, will suffer along with open expression.It's probably too late, or at least would be if legislators get their way. "You're heading in the wrong direction if you [pass a bill] that would raise the burden of proof in cases against sex traffickers," said Oregon Sen. Wyden—who co-authored Section 230—was the only Democrat to vote against the bill, and Kentucky Sen. An amendment to FOSTA proposed by Wyden would have clarified that websites can try to filter out illegal content without increasing their liability, but it was overwhelmingly defeated.
On Friday, the adult-ad forum City Vibes disappeared.And on Thursday, Reddit banned several sex-related subreddits, including r/Escorts, r/Male Escorts, and r/Sugar Daddy.Reddit said the purge was enforcing its new content policy, which bans "transactions for certain goods and services," including "paid services involving physical sexual contact." But frequenters of these subreddits say they were forums for sex-work news, tips, questions, and camaraderie, not places where sex workers advertised their services."Any tool or service can be misused," Craigslist said a statement.