What does a Dead Hooker Look Like?
Gary Ridgeway killed 71 Sex Workers. But the CraigList Killer only killed one because internet left a trail. That mass annihilation of sex workers was almost single handedly stopped by Craigslist and sites like it. Those platforms moved an unprecedented numbers of sex workers off the street and into hotel rooms. The technology made it more profitable to come indoors. In addition to it being warmer & safer, it also made it easier for them to be tracked by law enforcement if there was violence, if a sex worker disappeared, or was killed.
On March 21st, 2018, that trail was destroyed by a Bill called “SESTA / FOSTA”. It was presented to the public as an “Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill”. But the truth is, not only doesn’t this bill help people who are trafficked, it actually makes it worse
Prior to SESTA / FOSTA, internet and social media platforms were not legally responsible for the content generated by their users. Now, they are. So companies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on, have reacted by deleting the accounts of anyone even suspected of being sex workers for fear of being prosecuted as “Sex Traffickers”
This has not just had a chilling effect on Sex Workers, but on Educators, Activists and Artists too. In deleting us, they don’t just bar us from participating in the modern world; but they also delete our history and our connections to our communities.
Forcing Sex Workers off the internet only makes it harder for Law Enforcement to find victims and prosecute traffickers, because it forces sex workers back onto the streets; into the hands of the very predators this bill is supposed to stop.
Everyday now Sex Workers risk their safety, custody of their children, education, jobs, homes, and indeed, their very lives, just because they went to work. Sex workers who work outdoors are at higher risk of dying in the line of duty then cops or soldiers. Don’t let them put us back out, into the cold. Join us this California State Democratic Convention” at our “Die In” in; for a visual demonstration of what “Dead Hookers” used to look like, before the internet, and….