Perceptions of Sex Trafficking Legislation By Sex Workers
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In April of 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act/Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA/FOSTA) package. This set of bipartisan legislation was billed as a way of combatting sex trafficking by holding websites responsible for any sex work advertisements on their platform. This research examines the effects of SESTA/FOSTA on sex workers through a content analysis of social media posts. Data consist of 476 tweets collected from self-identified sex workers on the social media platform Twitter about the SESTA/FOSTA legislation. These tweets expressed the lived realities, perceptions, and emotions endured by sex workers in the wake of SESTA/FOSTA to better understand the impact of this legislation on the lives of sex workers. Taken together, the data provide insight into the ramifications of anti-sex trafficking legislation in a country with heavy sex work criminalization.
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Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Findings -- Discussion
M.S. (Master of Science)