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Rappleye later blogged wistfully that it "doesn't seem like a lot of [viewers] are worried about the exploitation of women here". His equation of prostitution with exploitation of women is a common one, though my own experience as a gay male sex worker runs counter to that misconception. I escorted briefly after college, and several friends — some in graduate school, some with careers — also turned to prostitution for extra cash. None of us felt exploited; we were self-employed men and women, working where and when we wanted.

We advertised online and charged what we considered reasonable rates. Rhode Island traditionally has among the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and escorting provided a convenient way for us to manage hefty student loan bills.

In one hour with a client I made as much money as I made in a whole week at my part-time retail job; I may have felt financially exploited, but for reasons completely unrelated to sex work. The crusade for criminalization was spearheaded by Donna M Hughes , a socially conservative women's studies professor who founded the organization Citizens Against Trafficking specifically to gather support around this legislation. She and Melanie Shapiro, one of her undergraduate students, led the frenzied charge with a series of emotional but factually challenged newsletters for example, blaming "spa-brothels" — their own term — for gang stabbings at local nightclubs.

Their "organization" seems to have dissolved or at least stopped doing much at some point in , making it clear that trafficking was never their real concern. Former Representative Joanne Giannini, who sponsored all five anti-prostitution bills, recently wrote an editorial praising her own legislation with respect to a lurid case involving a Boston man who allegedly kidnapped two Massachusetts teenagers and held them captive in Providence; he is also accused of sexually assaulting one of them.

It's sad that someone can equate the behavior of consenting adults with allegations of kidnapping and statutory rape. I testified in opposition to the anti-prostitution bill, presenting myself as a concerned citizen, which I was, and not as a retired sex worker.

Hughes, Shapiro, and state police officers favored criminalization; those opposed were a more motley crew, including everyone from professional sex educator Megan Andelloux to Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale. It probably looked like the "good guys" versus the lewd ones, but that's not a fair characterization. We tried to show how this bill would make things more dangerous. And that's exactly what has happened. Within four hours I pled guilty. In other words he was essentially telling me to go out and turn some more tricks to pay the court.

Indoor prostitution hasn't gone anywhere. A spa — easily found on several adult review sites — currently operates near the Providence Journal building on a busy thoroughfare in downtown Providence. And a quick search of popular escort sites reveals both male and female escorts working in the Ocean State, as they do in every other state where prostitution is illegal. The main difference now is that they have no protection.

One case from early illustrates why I think criminalization was such a bad idea. A young attorney from North Providence was moonlighting as an escort, and one evening she was attacked at knifepoint by an unstable client. Knowing that she had the protection of the law, this woman — whose name I don't use to respect her own wishes — called the police and the man was swiftly apprehended.

Had this incident happened a few months later, she might have never made that call and her appalling attacker might never have been caught. Do I facilitate this sharing of information? When relating to each other as sex workers is a potentially criminal experience, how do I stay safe, when everything I know about harm reduction relies on me and my peers?

She had sent me slides to look over and reorganize for the advocacy panel. My partner, who works on a sex worker safety list similar to a bad date list had the files he was sharing with another sex worker disappear from both of their drives.

But the enforcing of them? I have never seen anything like this… people are losing things left and right at a staggering, shocking rate. Being able to have honest conversations about safety and about wellness and about how you plan for the future and saving money, those are all things that could now potentially come under scrutiny because of this new legislation.

So yeah, we knew it was going to pass. But the organizing has just begun, from community debrief calls to resource-sharing meetings that are being held around the country.

The meeting also covered recent website closures, cybersecurity tools, next steps, and plans for sharing resources moving forward.

We went over what platforms we had left, and also what we could do to help people that are affected directly right away, as well as not censoring ourselves immediately, trying to keep our tools that we have as long as possible before they disappear.

It was us kind of just creating space and supporting each other. Meanwhile, two community debrief calls aimed to make this sort of resource-sharing and community-building even more widely accessible.

Lola told The Daily Beast that there were somewhere between and dial-in numbers, but noted that, since many people were listening in groups, the actual number of participants was probably much larger. Many of the activists and sex workers who spoke to The Daily Beast described the legislation as a catalyst for an unprecedented groundswell of organizing, sharing, and action.

And every corner of the internet has that! And that allowed a bunch of people who were formerly our clients to not live hand to mouth, and to not have to deal with the violence and the various challenges of working the streets. We saw a significant decrease in street prostitution and community complaints around street prostitution.

And this law could turn all of that back. This is the worst possible way to try and help trafficking victims, and yet we passed it in the name of saving people. Saving people is not shutting down a website.

Saving people is offering real resources, and real opportunities for people to save themselves.

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My partner, who works on a sex worker safety list similar to a bad date list had the files he was sharing with another sex worker disappear from both of their drives. But the enforcing of them? I have never seen anything like this… people are losing things left and right at a staggering, shocking rate.

Being able to have honest conversations about safety and about wellness and about how you plan for the future and saving money, those are all things that could now potentially come under scrutiny because of this new legislation.

So yeah, we knew it was going to pass. But the organizing has just begun, from community debrief calls to resource-sharing meetings that are being held around the country. The meeting also covered recent website closures, cybersecurity tools, next steps, and plans for sharing resources moving forward. We went over what platforms we had left, and also what we could do to help people that are affected directly right away, as well as not censoring ourselves immediately, trying to keep our tools that we have as long as possible before they disappear.

It was us kind of just creating space and supporting each other. Meanwhile, two community debrief calls aimed to make this sort of resource-sharing and community-building even more widely accessible. Lola told The Daily Beast that there were somewhere between and dial-in numbers, but noted that, since many people were listening in groups, the actual number of participants was probably much larger. Many of the activists and sex workers who spoke to The Daily Beast described the legislation as a catalyst for an unprecedented groundswell of organizing, sharing, and action.

And every corner of the internet has that! And that allowed a bunch of people who were formerly our clients to not live hand to mouth, and to not have to deal with the violence and the various challenges of working the streets. We saw a significant decrease in street prostitution and community complaints around street prostitution. And this law could turn all of that back. This is the worst possible way to try and help trafficking victims, and yet we passed it in the name of saving people.

Saving people is not shutting down a website. Saving people is offering real resources, and real opportunities for people to save themselves. Send it to The Daily Beast here. Cheat Sheet A speedy, smart summary of all the news you need to know and nothing you don't. You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet. Those were the sections that had advertised sexual services. Although those sections still are closed and show only the word "censored," sexual services ads now appear in the sites' "dating" sections.

The ads state the purported ages of women whose services are available, generally couching the ads with language such as "Hi sweetie" and "It's cold outside but warm in here. But Andrea Powell, a Washington child advocate whose organization, FAIR Girls , helps rescue trafficking victims, said she believes from the ads' pictures that some of the women advertised are minors.

Backpage's announcement of shuttering its adult ads was merely "a publicity stunt that was meant to disorient advocates and mislead the Senate," Powell told cleveland. Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said the appearance of sexual-services ads under a different Backpage section highlights "just how unserious Backpage is about protecting women and young girls from being trafficked and sexually abused. Portman this week said he and the subcommittee's top Democrat, Sen Claire McCaskill of Missouri, will explore potential legislative remedies to end the facilitation of online sex trafficking.

He also said they will discuss talking with federal prosecutors because he believes Backpage is complicit in promoting child sex trafficking. Backpage, however, said in a statement this week it will continue its fight in a federal appeals court. Backpage execs won't answer senators' questions.

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