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He and his department, working closely with anti-sex work organizations such as Demand Abolition, have spearheaded initiatives such as the National Day of Johns Arrests, making hundreds of prostitution-related arrests over a period of years.In 2009, Dart sued Craigslist in an effort to have that site remove its adult ads.It’s not a coincidence that Backpage got targeted first, but it would be a mistake for more privileged workers to assume that they aren’t up next.Real solidarity is needed, especially from those at the higher end to those at the lower ones. The Communications Decency Act of 1996 protects websites from being held responsible for outside content published by its users; attempts to amend or strike down this part of the law in Congress were fought as attacks on free speech, and the law remained unchanged.Multiple lawsuits against Backpage were also dismissed on constitutional grounds.But efforts to combat sex work under the guise of trafficking are often counterproductive to their stated purpose.What is new, and alarming, is the precedent this sets.
Political or community groups that might be critical of them? In the end, the most affected by this will be the most marginalized among us.
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Many of the higher echelons of sex workers in the US don’t advertise on Backpage at all, and those who do are more likely to have the resources to learn how to use Bitcoin, pay high fees for prepaid cards, or move on to more expensive, less accessible sites.
Backpage has never had pretensions of being “high-end” or “upscale.” The cost and barrier to entry to advertise on the site are low, and the workers who use it are numerically more likely to be poorer, browner, and less gender-conforming than the smaller and more homogeneous populations of higher-end sites—those with fewer resources, who have fewer options.