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This is because the core of FOSTA makes it a federal crime to "promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person," punishable by up to 10 years in prison, plus fines.For promoting the prostitution of five or more people, the penalty is 25 years, and the same if promoting someone's prostitution "contributed to sex trafficking." Sex workers don't have to worry about being punished for posting their own ads, but they could run afoul of the law if working in pairs or helping a colleague place an ad.This failure to distinguish between ads for prostitution and any discussion of prostitution is part of what has sex workers (and free-speech advocates) so worried.Sex worker blogs could be shut down, and they could find their social-media accounts suspended simply for being honest about their work.
To reach them, Congress had to carve a hole in Section 230, which has governed the internet for 22 years.
But while doing nothing to realistically fight sex trafficking, it manages to muck up all sorts of other serious things.
FOSTA will "subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully," Craigslist explains in the brief notice that now appears in place of potential partners if you try to go to a personals listing .
But as of Friday, the Craigslist personals section is no more.
Consider it one of the first—but certainly not the last—casualties of new legislation passed by the Senate this week 97-2.before, on, or after such date of enactment." This is what's known as an ex post facto law, and it's explicitly forbidden by the U. Rather, it's imposing serious burdens while at best doing nothing for trafficking victims and quite likely making their lives worse.For one thing, it incentivizes law enforcement to go after third parties rather than stop traffickers or rescue victims.It also takes away an important tool for finding trafficking victims—the open internet.