I just waited until he was done and ready to say what was going on. He'd been working himself to death and denying his physical needs to avoid the pain of his wife's passing. I helped him get past what he was afraid to face by himself. Not all of L's clients are grieving widowers, but, despite stereotypes of men who pay for sex as brutal, aggressive, women-haters, they aren't all bad guys, either.
The law, however, as well as cultural stigma, prevents sex-buyers from coming out. L would like to continue this work, but last week, Backpage, her one source of clients, disappeared.
When L went to Backpage last Friday, she was greeted by an unfamiliar image. Where classifieds used to be, there was a notice saying that Backpage had been seized by the FBI. Earlier that day, she would soon find out, the Feds had raided the homes of Backpage co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
According to documents unsealed on Monday, the two, along with five other Backpage employees, have been indicted on 93 charges, including conspiracy to commit money laundering and facilitate prostitution.
Backpage says that the company blocks ads that involve minors and reports them to law enforcement, but the site has long been accused of enabling both prostitution and human trafficking.
Human trafficking, however, exists in far more industries than just sex: The International Labour Organization estimated that, as of , there were 4. Sex is just a part of the human trafficking problem, but it's the only part we hear about. There is good reason for this: There has been a sustained effort on the part of anti-sex work campaigners to conflate human trafficking with sex work, despite the fact that not all sex workers are victims, and many sex workers are just like L, who chose to work in this trade.
In fact, some sex workers say the ability to post their own ads on sites like Backpage actually helped them get out of trafficking. I didn't have to justify it to anyone. For the very first time, the oldest profession has transparency, record keeping, and safeguards. Backpage did make their jobs safer. Online classified services give sex workers an opportunity to vet their clients first—and they allowed sex workers to trade information with each other about who to trust and who to avoid.
People doing sex work because they need the money are no less desperate without Backpage. The data backs this up. As Angelina Chapin wrote in the Huffington Post , "A paper by Baylor University economics professor Scott Cunningham and colleagues found that after Craigslist created an 'erotic services' section, the rate of female homicides in U.
The researchers concluded that sex workers who advertised online spent less time on the streets, where they were more likely to face dangerous situations. Craigslist shuttered its "erotic services" section in in response to legal pressure but, as L told me, "Removing access to [sex workers] is about as effective as preaching abstinence.
Her data, however, which was widely picked up by the media, turned out to be false. After a series of court cases and the arrest of the company's CEO last year, Backpage removed the adult services section of their website, which also included legal job listings as well as a large for-sale section, with everything from cars to clothes.
It was super crowded. That worked for a while. Despite this, the anti-trafficking bills passed in a rare bipartisan effort. Joyfinder - Pricing info unknown. Has free posting options Listed front page on google searches. Backpage is a huge resource for so many sex workers around the world, and even though there are many other platforms, since advertising is expensive, many workers only used one site - the most popular one.
I will make a new post dealing with this in a while, but for now, here's an interesting article on how this may affect all of us. Here's an article on what it is and how it affects Australian sex workers by Gala Vanting follow her on Twitter.
Look up "escorts [your city]". It's the first place clients go to look for escorts. Their ads are just gone, and many haven't saved the text they put on there. I use it, and plenty of my friends who would fall into the "high class" niche use it - it is not class specific. Lucky you for being privileged enough to never use it though, if that's you! But lots of people have lost what is effectively their only source of income overnight.
Do what you can to help! Back up any websites you create, don't buy too far in advance, keep checking them to make sure they're still available. I have removed several directories from this list for being dodgy. Punter Planet it getting no more free traffic from me, especially since their owner decided to make it so that sex workers must pay to see their own reviews, unless they message him to beg for it. This is a change that's coming in soon.
Not sorry to hear you must be bleeding money, Andy. Do not contact me to ask that your site be added to the list, or get some marketing peon to do it. This is a personal blog, and sex workers are literally dying because of what has happened - this is not a game, and you're not making quick bucks off us. You vultures in the comments disgust me. We just sent you an email. Please click the link in the email to confirm your subscription!... 19 Feb Classified ads are a medium for finding items to sell, products to purchase, and new deals in your local area. Many websites exist for posting. 4 Apr The online classified ad company “Backpage,” however, has become the Walmart of sex trafficking and prostitution. For a modest fee, traffickers. Title: BackPage(ly) - free classifieds, classified ads, jobs, escorts, apartments for rent, house rentals, employment, roommate, musician, services, massage.