Press Coverage

Articles that discuss SESTA’s impact post-passage:

Sex trafficking bill likely to do more harm than good, Kimberly Melhman-Orozco, The Baltimore Sun, 22 April 2018
How SESTA is Putting Sex Workers at Risk, Stuff Mom Never Told You, 18 April 2018
Feminists, we need to listen to sex workers, The Daily Dot, 18 April 2018
The Sex Trafficking Panic is Based on Myths, Buzzfeed, Jenny Heineman and Brooke Wagner, 18 April 2018
The Lies About Sex Trafficking that Brought Down Backpage, Noah Berlatsky, Salon, 15 April 2018
The War on Sex Workers Needs to Stop Now, Rolling Stone, Siouxsie Q, 13 April 2018
An Attack on Sex Workers, Carrie Weisman, Jacobin, 12 April 2018
Trans Sex Workers Speak Out Against Backpage Shutdown, Eli Erlick, Intomore, 12 April 2018
Backpage shutdown means more street prostitution, MCSO says, wptv.com, Andrew Lofholm, 11 April 2018
7 Sex Workers on What It Means to Lose Backpage, Melissa Gira Grant, The Cut, 10 April 2018
When is sex work ‘decent work’?, OpenDemocracy.net, Empower Foundation, 9 April 2018
Sesta/Fosta means Sex Workers Will Die, Anarres Project, 9 April 2018
Kitty Stryker: SESTA/FOSTA, Consent & Juggalos – EP 36 America Sex Podcast, SunnyMegatron.com, 9 April 2018

On the Media: Why An Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Isn’t a No-Brainer, On the Media, 6 April 2018

Facing SESTA and Political Threats, Sex Worker Organizations Brace for Fallout, Tracy Clark-Flory, The Slot, 6 April 2018

The Unintended Consequences of a Well-Meaning Sex-Trafficking Law, The Editorial Board, The Orange County Register, 4 April 2018

Sex Workers Are Sick of Censorship on Social Media, Michael Kaplan, New York Post, 4 April 2018

This Sex-Worker Run Site is Fighting Back Against SESTA, Ana Valens, The Daily Dot, 3 April 2018

SESTA is Already Having Devastating Impacts on Sex Workers, Just Like They Predicted, Annamarya Scaccia, 2 April 2018

6 Sex Workers Explain How Sharing Client Lists Saves Lives, Kitty Stryker, Broadly, 2 April 2018

Furry Dating Site Shuts Down Because of SESTA, Samantha Cole, Motherboard, 2 April 2018

Sex Workers Say They’re Being Pushed Off Social Media Platforms, Allison Tierney, Vice, 2 April 2018

Q&A: Melissa Gira Grant on how sex workers changed the Stormy Daniels, SESTA narratives, Elon Green, Columbia Journalism Review, 2 April 2018

Scrubbed clean: why a certain kind of sex is vanishing from the internet, Erin McCormick, The Guardian, 30 March 2018

Opinion: Bill to fight online sex trafficking could backfire, Emma Llanso, The Houston Chronicle, 30 March 2018

4 Sex Workers Discuss what SESTA-FOSTA Means for Their Lives, Slutever, 30 March 2018

Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Endangers Sex Workers, Taia Handlin, BTRtoday, 30 March 2018

Craigslist has banned personal ads thanks to a new trafficking law — here’s why sex workers say it could put them in huge danger, Sarah Fielding, Insider, 30 March 2018

A brief history of attempts to abolish sex work: from 1075 BC to the digital age, Kate Lister, iNews, 30 March 2018

Una breve historia de los intentos de abolir el trabajo sexual: desde 1075 aC hasta la era digital, Kate Lister, 30 de marzo de 2018

Video: This is How New Legislation Puts Sex Workers in Danger, Ashley Velez, The Root, 30 March 2018

Erotica writers are finding their work stripped of rankings after Kindle policy change
Some think the move is Amazon’s response to Congress passing H.R. 1865, Cal Jeffrey, TechSpot, 29 March 2018

Former Sex Worker Tells Us About How A New Bill Will Hurt Her Community, Donyae Coles, Oxygen, 29 March 2018

Sexual freedom is at risk from these damning new bills passed by Congress, Steven W Thrasher, The Guardian, 29 March 2018

La libertad sexual está en riesgo por estos nuevos y condenatorios proyectos de ley aprobados por el Congreso, Steven W Thrasher, 29 de marzo de 2018

Online sex trafficking bill will make things worse for victims, Shannon Roddel, Notre Dame News, 28 March 2018

Sex-trafficking bill that killed Craigslist Personals is hurting sex workers, Carter Sherman, Vice, 28 March 2018

Why Do Sex Workers Oppose SESTA?, s.e. smith, Care2, 28 March 2018

A New Bill Aims to Fight Sex Trafficking. But Critics Say It Goes Too Far, Nash Jenkins, Time, 27 March 2018

Una nueva ley (SESTA / FOSTA) pretende luchar contra la trata sexual. Pero los críticos dicen que va demasiado lejos, Nash Jenkins, 27 de marzo de 2018

As Craigslist personal ads shut down, we’re losing an important queer space, Jon Shadel, The Washington Post, 27 March 2018

Voiceless Again: FOSTA/SESTA and Censorship in the Age of #MeToo, Kitty Stryker, Bitch, 27 March 2018

Could SESTA stop the next Stormy Daniels?, Morgan Claire Sirene, Tits and Sass, 27 March 2018

What the FOSTA/SESTA Bill Means for Sex Workers, Kitty Stryker, TeenVogue, 27 March 2018

What happened to Craigslist Personals? It’s all because of a new sex trafficking bill, Jessica Tholmer, HelloGiggles, 24 March 2018

Post-SESTA/FOSTA Self-Censoring for Twitter, Reddit, and other Social Media, Liara Roux, Tits & Sass, 23 March 2018

Autocensura posterior a SESTA / FOSTA para Twitter, Reddit y otras redes sociales, Liara Roux, 23 de marzo de 2018

Craigslist Removes Personal Ads Because of SESTA, Caroline O’Donovan, Buzzfeed, 23 March 2018

This time, it’s personals: Craigslist dumps lonely-hearts section, blames anti-trafficking laws, Shaun Nichols, The Register, 23 Mar 2018

How a New Senate Bill Will Screw Over Sex Workers, Tina Horn, Rolling Stone, 23 March 2018

The New Law that Killed Craigslist Personals Could Also Kill the Web, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, The Daily Beast, 23 March 2018

La nueva ley (SESTA / FOSTA) que mató la sección de contactos personales de Craigslist podría terminar con internet tal como lo conocemos, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, 23 March 2018

Controversial ‘sex-trafficking’ bill is passed–and sex workers are already feeling its impact, Ana Valens, The Daily Dot, 22 March 2018

Sex Workers Say Porn on Google Drive is Suddenly Disappearing, Samantha Cole, Motherboard, 21 March 2018

Las trabajadoras sexuales informan que sus archivos de Google Drive están siendo misteriosamente bloqueados o desaparecen, Samantha Cole, 21 de marzo de 2018

Here’s What’s Wrong With the So-Called Anti–Sex Trafficking Bill, Amanda Arnold, the Cut, 20 March 2018

The Senate Just Passed a Bill That Puts Sex Workers In Danger, Samantha Cole, Motherboard, 21 March 2018

El Senado (de EE.UU.) acaba de aprobar un proyecto de ley que pone en peligro a las trabajadoras sexuales, 21 de marzo de 2018

Articles which discuss the problems with SESTA and FOSTA:

What Sex Workers Know That Congress Doesn’t, Emma Roller, Spliner 14 March 2018
FOSTA backlash: How the anti-sex trafficking bill could harm sex workers, Melissa Gira Grant, In Justice Today, 26 January 2018
A Bill Promising to Help Sex Workers Will Actually Harm Them, Katie Herzog, The Stranger 09 March 2018

Sex Workers and Survivors Raising the Alarm about SESTA: It Will Literally Put Their Lives in Danger, Mike Masnick, TechDirt, 14 March 2018.

The Senate’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill is Basically a Disaster for Everything It Touches, Tracey Clark-Flory, Jezebel, 14 March 2018.

If Lawmakers Want to Protect Sex Workers, They Must Listen to Us, Ty Mitchell, Huffington Post, 08 March 2018.

Sex Trafficking Experts Say SESTA Is the Wrong Solution, Elliott Harmon, Electronic Frontier Foundation, 03 October 2017
Sex Workers: Say No to SESTA, Li Zhou, Politico, 13 March 2018.
Congress Is Preparing to Harm Queer Sex Workers Like Me, Alexander Cheves, The Advocate, 06 March 2018.

Why Sex Workers Are Fighting SESTA, Broke Ass Stuart, 09 March 2018.

For context around what happened when Backpage shut down in 2016:

After Backpage, sex worker communities take care of their own, Tracy Clark-Flory, Vocativ, 22 February 2017
Surviving as Working Class after Backpage, Kelly Michaels, Tits and Sass, 24 August 2017

 

**Thank you to Citerea Anadiomena for Spanish translations.