A Social Media Platform Specifically For Prostitutes? Huzzah!

by RICK RODAY on July 9, 2018

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My cousin is a very successful hairdresser who is generous enough to cut our family’s hair for free. She credits her success to practice, constant training, and social media.

Despite being a less than technologically savvy member of Generation X, she forces herself to stay active on just about every social media platform that exists. Though she can barely use her phone to do anything else, she is able to interact with clients, advertise her services, and even manage her schedule.

As it turns out these are the exact same things sex workers use social media for- at least until recently.

When the United States Congress passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act amongst other bills aimed at curbing illegal sex trade, they made it illegal for sex workers to operate on websites such as Twitter regardless of the legality of prostitution in their country. Left with few other options, a band of sex workers created their own social media platform called Switter where they could carry out their business in peace.

A social media platform specifically for prostitutes and the people who love them? How curious.

While FOSTA has the very noble intention of curbing illegal sex trafficking of people being forced into prostitution, many people are skeptical of its effectiveness. Advocates of sex worker rights were quick to call controversial bill unfair, saying it removes many of the tools freelance prostitutes need to work safely and independently.

Social media allows sex workers to communicate with and screen clients anonymously. This buffer allows them the safety of being able to find and choose their clients without needing a pimp or hanging out in the streets. Switter hopes a platform made especially for prostitution will prevent this from happening.

The sex positive social media platform is currently in development stages and will be hosted outside of the US and away from FOSTA’s influence.

If the US really wanted to curb illegal sex work, they could follow the example of numerous other countries and legalize prostitution. Regulating legal sex work makes it safer for everyone and dramatically decreases the need for people to be forced into illegal prostitution.

If only there was historical evidence that would show US lawmakers that criminalizing something in high demand for moral reasons only increases violent crime. Maybe a period of American history where a recreational activity was made illegal but quickly reversed because of the huge spike in brutal organized crime it created.

Oh well, oh well.

Via usatoday.com

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