I'm a big fan of Reason writer Elizabeth Nolan Brown, but I think I disagree with her take on this development:https://twitter.com/ENBrown/status/1047984875779883008Some people were upset that Brown was apparently applauding an attempt to shut down advertising by sex workers, through the now-familiar subterfuge of claiming to be fighting "sex trafficking." But … [Read more...] about Facebook Lawsuit Isn’t Going to Help Sex Workers
A while back, I stumbled across a series of posts by New Orleans sex worker Annie Calhoun on the subject of screening clients who contact her through the internet. I was especially struck by the degree of sophistication she shows in her thinking about security.I realize that sounds condescending, but I don't mean it that way. Corporate IT security managers would be thrilled … [Read more...] about Courtesanal Access Protocols
I normally like to post something light on Fridays, but today I have to address a serious issue. In these post-Backpage days of heightened awareness about online prostitution rings, many concerned parents are asking themselves, "How can I know if my daughter is experimenting with online sex work?"I've been following online sex workers for several years now, and based on my … [Read more...] about Five Signs Your Daughter May Be an Online Sex Worker!
Maggie McNeill has a standing request that allies and supporters of sex workers do something to express that support whenever Friday the 13th rolls around. I had intended write something two weeks ago about my personal experience learning about sex worker rights, but I ran into technical difficulties before I could finish. This post is adapted from that piece.It's … [Read more...] about Getting to Know Sex Workers
On Friday there was a big news splash about the Department of Justice coming down hard on Backpage.com executives for their involvement with child sex trafficking. The Backpage.com site was taken down, and there were reports and rumors of seizures, searches, arrests, and a 93-count indictment. We didn't get to find out much more, because despite all the publicity, the … [Read more...] about The DOJ Performs As Expected on Backpage