How will SESTA/ FOSTA affect selling used panties and online
In honesty before reading on the answer is more than likely a very simple “I am not sure” therefore this is not a legal bit of advice, pretty much an explanation of why customers may find I am less visible online, the wording of how I promote myself may change and generally my take on what is happening from reading other peoples blogs. Basically everything will become very vague and non-specific for a lot of months I'm guessing.
Many UK based individuals may not know but the change in the laws in the US however have massive implications for users world wide because most online organisations operate in the US or use sites hosted within the US. The likes of Google, Reddit and most other sites I use (Clipstores etc) these laws apply to somewhere. A knee jerk reaction to what is a very misunderstood new law means many organisations have closed their sites or taken down big portions of them until they receive further clarification of the specific. Which is why anything even slightly related to the sex industry becomes a bit of a “hot potato” and nobody wants to touch it or comment on what it means even if it is far removed from escorting or prostitution.
So what is FOSTA and SESTA?
The official explanation on Wikipedia is
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act(FOSTA) are the U.S. Senate and House bills that as the FOSTA-SESTA package became law on April 11, 2018. They clarify the country's sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act (which make online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users) to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity. Portman had previously led an investigation into the online classifieds service Backpage (which had been accused of facilitating child sex trafficking), and argued that Section 230 was protecting its "unscrupulous business practices" and was not designed to provide immunity to websites that facilitate sex trafficking.
But if you are not an escort or not in the USA then why does this matter and what does it have to do with used panties?
I’m not an escort, I never have or never will provide these types of services. But used panties could vaguely be considered somewhat sexual as it is catering for a sexual fetish. That is despite only ever offering them from a distance (i.e only ever posting these out to customers). HOWEVER what this new change in law has meant is that companies to protect themselves have just taken parts of their sites away. And have closed parts down. Reddit is the main one with many “adult” sub reddits disappearing overnight. The advice is until more is known about that these acts mean is to pretty much censor everything. Which is why there is so much uproar within online communities; The internet is pretty much facing censorship.
I am only based in the UK therefore although these are US laws I use A LOT of US sites to promote my (consensual) used panties. As a result many of the forums I use, the sites I use are hosted by sites linked to the US meaning this does affect me and how I use the internet. The language used when promoting used panties becomes vague and many sites are closing themselves down temporarily to ensure they are fully aware of the requirements and are compliant with these new acts.
Surely stopping sex trafficking is a good thing?
Of course. Non consential sex work should be stopped and that is something that most people agree on.
What is concerning is that this new act and law actually endangers and seriously affects consensual sex workers who will be driven offline and back into the “real world” to find custom. Prostitution has existed long before the internet which is why people may use the reference to the “oldest profession in the world”
But there ways to promote it did involve pimps/ more physical contact with actual customers prior to actually the exchange of cash for “services”. However the internet has provided many that offer these services consensually a way to do so more safely and independently without the use of “pimps”. Reading blogs from those that do this for a living it is clear many workers use forums to warn other of dangerous customers or screen customers prior to meeting up with them. Taking away the sharing of information makes things more dangerous but it is clear that many people will not stop when they do this consensually just because of the new act.
I’m sure there will be lots more articles regarding this controversy and maybe in six months time this may not be an issue. But if I start using new terms to describe used panties you can’t find my profiles when searching for specific sites.. it is likely that this may have something to do with it.