The business will likely shift to other adult sites, perhaps based outside the United States. He cited one explicit ad that included the phrase: Getting such ads removed from other sites is the next goal, said Malika Saada Saar, executive director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, a group that has been involved in pressuring Craigslist to block adult services ads. In May , postings at Backpage.
When Craigslist removed its adult-services section, postings at Backpage spiked again. Senate candidate, said Tuesday that several state attorneys general sent a joint letter to Backpage and asked that it drop its adult services section. Backpage officials quickly responded and said it would not close the adult-services section.
In a blog posting, Backpage officials wrote that it would not drop the category because it had increased efforts, including working with law enforcement officials, to block ads promoting prostitution and child-trafficking.
It is our sincere hope that law enforcement and advocacy groups will find helpful partners there. John Duffield, who worked five years ago as a detective in the vice unit for the Ontario Police Department, said Craigslist was the most popular Internet site because, at the time, it was free. On one hand, you have the Senate and Harris, who know that calling up the specter of trafficking can always be counted on to earn them bipartisan PR points…On the other hand, you have Ferrer, Lacey, and Larkin invoking the American sacrament of free speech.
But what they are essentially arguing for is the First Amendment right to profit off a criminalized group of people. The shutdown of Backpage will hurt sex workers. Making sure sex workers can work legally, with safety, economic security, and social justice starts by actually listening to them and not damaging livelihoods out of a misplaced savior complex.
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