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It was the summer after his sophomore year in college when Luke finally found the nerve to have sex with another man.
He’d grappled with his sexuality since his adolescence in Southern California: He knew he was attracted to men, but he was also the son of two church leaders he felt would surely disown him.
Many civil liberties advocates say its measures are not merely counterproductive: they deliver an unprecedented blow to the freedom of speech in the digital era.
Since the mid-1990s, Section 230 of a law known as the Communications Decency Act has protected websites from being held responsible for what their users post.
And the broader risk of being found to have facilitated prostitution led Craigslist and Reddit, which runs online messaging boards, to shutter sections of their sites. were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016 — more than 2,000 of which concerned minors.
There is little debate, even among its opponents, about the legitimacy of the bill’s ambitions. But critics argue that the bill’s broad reach in fact serves to endanger the far greater demographic of women in the U. — at least one million, by some estimates — who are sex workers of their own volition.
(Backpage hosted about 25% of sex work ads online; Craigslist, the second-most popular, had about 14%, according to a 2014 study.) No longer.“Sex workers were nowhere to be found, and we were the ones who predicted exactly what would happen,” D’Adamo says.“There is an expertise that is missing from these conversations.” “The sex worker community had been urging Congress to hit the time out button and work with the individuals who are going to be impacted,” Thompson at the ACLU says.And for other marginalized communities — such as people who are LGBT or simply have unorthodox proclivities that they would be embarrassed to have publicly known — sites like Craigslist also provided an outlet, whether they were searching for platonic endeavors, one-night stands or long-term romantic relationships.“It was the only way I could live my true life without having to destroy my Christian image among family and the church,” says Luke.