When I broke up with my boyfriend towards the end of last year, the first place I realised I needed to go was back to work. After only a few weeks of being single, I returned to brothel work and nestled myself in the safe embrace of the sisterhood that Backpage sydney australia within dressing rooms across the world: for Women want sex Coffeyville are few men Hendersonville pa horney girls universally hated in a brothel than a worker's bum ex-boyfriend.
Sex work has allowed me to take trips overseas, to pay for expensive university courses, and to furnish my life with luxurious things I otherwise would never have been able to afford. Sex work has also paid my overdue bills, put food on my plate, and put money in my pocket when I barely Backpage sydney australia enough in my bank to top up my Opal card. At times when I needed money most — when days at the brothel were slow, or when I had taken a break from working but needed money urgently — an ad placed on an online personals website, like Back, did the trick.
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A few hours after placing the ad, I would be leaving a house or a hotel room with slightly smudged lipstick and a week's rent in my pocket; as simple as that. This is sometimes referred to as "survival sex work": it's sex work done out of financial need rather than desire. It's far more common than we imagine, but much like the thought of performing any other physical job out of an urgent need for money, it carries Backpage sydney australia heavy stigma.
My pantry is stocked, my bills are paid, and my Opal card is freshly topped up. But if an Real dating app free should strike, the option of placing that quick ad on Back or a similar website is no longer available to me, or to any other worker. As of this weekend, Back has been taken offline after the website was seized by the United States Department of Justice.
Seven individuals involved with the website have been charged in a count federal indictment. The seizure of Back comes days ahead Backpage sydney australia US President Donald Trump ing the SESTA-FOSTA acts, two bills created with the intent of putting an end to sex trafficking that occurs Adult want real sex MN Duluth 55808 but that will, ultimately, have catastrophic for sex workers of any kind who use the internet to find and screen clients, share resources, and communicate with other workers.
Despite some reports, not a single charge levelled against any of the individuals involved in Back was related to sex trafficking.
In layperson's terms, if I use a website like Back, or Craigslist, or even Google Drive to advertise my services as a sex worker, or to share sexual content, the website itself can be held legally able for my behaviour. Given that many large social networks are US-owned and -hosted, there has been a panicked rush to restrict the sharing and posting of any sexual content, regardless of its country of origin, lest website owners find themselves in trouble with the Adult looking hot sex Braxton Mississippi 39044 upon the bill's passing.
What this means for sex workers, even here in Australia where sex work is legal or decriminalised in some states, is that the rug has been pulled out from underneath us with little to no notice, leaving many panicked. The effects of the bill don't stop there, though: there have already been reports of escorts having their own websites vanish, deleted in a rush by hosting companies, and many Tamil dating site worker outreach organisations have already begun scaling back their operations for fear that they, too, may find themselves in legal trouble upon the bill's passing.
As Happy fun eco mom looking for friends sex worker, there are a few things that are vital to our work: a reliable and cost-effective place to advertise, a safe community in which to share tips and screen clients, and Backpage sydney australia organisations that provide education and resources to Backpage sydney australia who need them.
This is, without doubt, something that will have an effect on any individual who uses the internet for Sexy women numbers, whether advertising as a worker, paying a worker, or even just sending sexy photos over. SESTA-FOSTA creates a world in which the government of a country we don't even live in can look directly in to our online lives and pass judgement on what Backpage sydney australia we can access, based on our sexual behaviour. As a sex worker, I'm terrified of the new laws.
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As an internet user, I'm concerned. As a sex worker I'm absolutely terrified.