FOSTA-SESTA

What is FOSTA-SESTA?

“Initially passed by the House of Representatives as the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), and by the Senate as the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), FOSTA/SESTA was signed into law by President Trump on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 11am EST. The legislation exposes website operators to civil and criminal liability for content created by users, if it is deemed to promote or facilitate prostitution. Supporters of the bill said it would take an important tool out of the hands of sex traffickers and push law enforcement to prosecute the crime more aggressively. But the law fails to distinguish between “sex trafficking” and consensual sex work. Since the spring, more than a dozen websites that sex workers have used to locate and negotiate with clients have been shuttered – and even more may close during the first days of 2019, when full enforcement of the law is expected to begin.”

Stahl, Aviva. “We’re Monumentally Fucked’: Trans Sex Workers on Life Under FOSTA-SESTA” Broadly, Vice. August 2nd, 2018 2:41pm. https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/ev8ayz/trans-sex-workers-on-life-under-fosta-sesta

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY?

“The discrimination trans people, and especially trans women of color, experience in their everyday lives — whether at home, at school, or in the workforce — can limit options for supporting themselves financially, which sometimes means that sex work is the best or most reasonable option for survival. According to a 2015 report conducted by the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP) and the National Center for Transgender Equality, roughly 11 percent of transmasculine and transfeminine individuals have participated in sex work in the past, including nearly four out 10 Black trans people surveyed. People who engage in sex work are also more likely to have been denied a job or been fired due to their gender identity, according to the study”.

Stahl, Aviva. “We’re Monumentally Fucked’: Trans Sex Workers on Life Under FOSTA-SESTA” Broadly, Vice. August 2nd, 2018 2:41pm. https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/ev8ayz/trans-sex-workers-on-life-under-fosta-sesta

how does this bill affect workers?

For more information, see: https://survivorsagainstsesta.org/the-impact-of-sesta-fosta/, and read through the resources on the website, the links to which can be found here as well.