#MacroSW Chat 6/13/2019: The Impact of FOSTA-SESTA Legislation on Sex Work

Chat transcript

In March 2018, President Trump signed into law the Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) in an effort to stop sex trafficking.  Instead, this law has conflated consensual sex work with sex trafficking and made sex work more dangerous by pushing sex workers into exploitative situations.

Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat about the impact of the FOSTA-SESTA legislation on sex work and the social worker’s role in advocating for policies on this issue to best support sex workers.  This is the last chat in a series on this topic.

Chat Series

April 25:  The Fine Line Between Willing and Coerced Sex Work. Chat transcript.

May 16: Sex Workers and Stigma, Suicide, & Sexual Violence. Chat transcript.

We will explore:

1) What is the FOSTA-SESTA law and its impact?

2) What can social workers do to advocate for legislation that will support sex workers?

3) What is happening on the policy front around sex work decriminalization?

Sex work can have an impact on the people social workers help in communities. The sex industry is more pervasive than we realize.  In 2007, the Urban Institute published the first of its kind study about the revenue generated in the underground commercial sex economies in a handful of metropolitan areas. The sex industry has well-defined practices, leverages digital media to advertise, and uses credit cards. The more we understand about the sex work industry the better we will be able to implement interventions that will make sex workers’ lives better.


FOSTA: The New Anti-Sex-Trafficking Legislation May Not End the Internet, But It’s Not Good Law Either, Lawfare Blog

Trump Just Signed SESTA/FOSTA, a Law Sex Workers Say Will Literally Kill Them, Vice

Has the sex-trafficking law eliminated 90 percent of sex-trafficking ads? Washington Post- Fact Checker

Could Prostitution Be Next to Be Decriminalized?, New York Times

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