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Trump signs anti-trafficking law that weakens online free speech protections

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Verge We also don’t know how greatly FOSTA will supplement existing anti-prostitution and anti-trafficking law. The Justice Department shut down Backpage and filed criminal charges against its founders last week, before FOSTA was signed. The owner of Rentboy.com, another sex work site, was sentenced to prison for promoting prostitution last year. And FOSTA conflates stopping sex trafficking with stopping consensual sex work, making it difficult for sex workers to screen clients or build communities through online services. Now that the bill is signed into law, we’ll see exactly how web platforms — and sex workers who operate online — respond to this new legal liability.

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