A Brief Introduction to FOSTA-SESTA

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Sex workers march in 2009, Mexico city

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In 2017, two bills were introduced in the United States of America that attacked sex worker rights and digital rights. FOSTA, introduced to the House of Representatives and SESTA, introduced to the Senate. These bills, which affected a technical law protecting technology platforms and service providers, were met with resistance from sex workers, sex trafficking survivors and digital rights organisations, who largelyy did not the centre the folx directly affected-sex workers.

 

Table of Contents

  • What is FOSTA-SESTA?
  • Implications of FOSTA
  • What happens now?
  • Lawsuit against FOSTA
  • Internet censorship due to FOSTA
  • Real world effects of FOSTA

 

Additional Resources

  • Melissa Gira Grant – Amazing writings on sex worker rights
  • SWOP, COYOTE, SWEAT, PACE Society, and other sex worker rights projects (Global Network of Sex Worker Projects http://www.nswp.org/)
  • Woodhull Foundation –
  • https://www.woodhullfoundation.org/fosta  On Twitter (not comprehensive):
  • Liara Roux @ LiaraRoux
  • Lorelei Lee @ MissLoreleiLee
  • Kate @ KateDAdamo
  • Melissa Gira Grant @ melissagira o M. Mayhem @ MsMaggieMayhem

 

Publication date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Year of publication: 
2018

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