Sex Positive, Not SESTA

 Wikimedia Commons, London SlutWalk 2011, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_Worker_Rights_-_London_SlutWalk_2011.jpg

Wikimedia Commons, London SlutWalk 2011, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_Worker_Rights_-_London_SlutWalk_2011.jpg

Earlier this week, President Trump signed the controversial FOSTA-SESTA (“Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) bill, making it law. While the law has been promoted as a means of combating online sex trafficking, the law has been criticized by civil liberties groups, sex worker advocates, and even law enforcement as being too broad, too restrictive in its actions, and an unnecessary or even counterproductive for law enforcement. The Department of Justice went to far as to write to Congress calling the law “a serious constitutional concern”. There are grave concerns that the law will increase the risk and harm done to consensual sex workers: “SESTA is putting people on the streets, where we face more violence and harassment and arrest and brutality by the police. SESTA is killing us.”

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