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President Trump signed FOSTA into law on April 11, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. Seth and JJ discuss the story of Backpage.com, and how it led to FOSTA being passed. Survivors have advocated for and against the law. While it has potential to be a useful tool against traffickers, there are concerns about how it may negative impact sex workers and free speech, due to ambiguous language and focusing on both sex trafficking and prostitution. Sources: President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 1865 into Law, The White House Trump Signs Controversial FOSTA Bill Targeting Online Sex Trafficking, HuffPost Justice Department Leads Effort to Seize Backpage.Com, the Internet’s Leading Forum for Prostitution Ads, and Obtains 93-Count Federal Indictment, Department of Justice Feds Praise Backpage Takedown as Sex Workers Fear for Their Lives, Gizmodo Backpage.com's Founders, Employees Indicted on Charges of Facilitating Prostitution, Rolling Stone If Backpage's Shutdown is a Win for Sex Workers, Why are Sex Workers So Mad About it, The Washington Post Backpage.com's Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, United States Senate How Backpage Saved My Life, Medium Backpage Is Bad. Banning It Would Be Worse., The Daily Beast What Methods, Strategies Will Sex Traffickers Use Following Seizure Of Backpage?, CBS Backpage.com sex advert website owners face charges, BBC “Erotic Review” blocks US Internet users to prepare for government crackdown, Ars Technica Stop Online Sex Trafficking – Call NOW to Support FOSTA-SESTA Act, National Organization for Women New York City Today! Tell your Senator to vote for FOSTA+SESTA package., World Without Exploitation Action Alert: Support SESTA/FOSTA, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation PSA featuring Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer, Josh Charles, Tony Shalhoub and others - FOSTA-SESTA, Vimeo The Law Needs to Stop Protecting Sex-Trafficking Websites, Lenny Letter Woman allegedly trafficked through Backpage.com says new legislation brings 'closure', ABC News INTERVIEW: Marian Hatcher sets the record straight on the new U.S. anti-trafficking bill, SESTA-FOSTA, Feminist Current H.R.1865 - Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, US Congress 47 USC 230: Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material, US Code 18 U.S. Code § 1591 - Sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion, Cornell Law School §2421. Transportation generally, US Code FOSTA: The New Anti-Sex-Trafficking Legislation May Not End the Internet, But It’s Not Good Law Either, Lawfare Blog FOSTA Would Be a Disaster for Online Communities, Electronic Freedom Foundation About SESTA, #SurvivorsAgainstSESTA I Asked 3 Women to Talk About Sex Work & Trafficking in the U.S., HuffPost Missing From #MeToo — Sex Workers, 1A

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