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Finnish sex work sites closed down by Spanish police

Finnish websites used by sex workers to advertise and share information with each other have been closed down following a judicial warrant by Spanish police. The websites, Sihteeriopisto (Secretary College) and the international counterpart, sexworknet, were launched in Finland but was maintenance was moved overseas following changes to sex work laws in Finland in 2003. Spanish police issued the warrant on 26th March, since which point the websites have been unavailable. 


В справочный материал НСВП посвящен обсуждению закона о прекращении помощи торговцам людьми (SESTA) и  закона о разрешении штатам и жертвам торговли людьми вести борьбу с ее онлайновыми формами(FOSTA) – законов о борьбе с торговлей людьми, согласно которым владельцы онлайн-ресурсов, где секс-работники размещают объявления и обмениваются советами, в том числе об охране безопасности, будут подвергаться уголовному преследованию.


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美国 FOSTA 法案



  • 主要事实
  • 禁止关于人口贩卖的法案
  • 分析
  • 性工作者对法案的回应


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Legislación FOSTA de los EE.UU.

Esta nota informativa de la NSWP comparte información sobre la Ley ‘Detengamos a los Traficantes’ (SESTA, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Ley “Permitamos a los Estados y Víctimas Luchar contra el Tráfico Sexual en Línea” (FOSTA, por sus siglas en inglés). Las leyes ‘antitratas’ criminalizan las plataformas digitales que utilizan las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual para promover sus servicios y compartir información, incluyendo aquella que concierne la seguridad.

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La législation FOSTA aux États-Unis

Cette note d’information de NSWP apporte des informations concernant deux lois – « Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act » (SESTA) et « Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act » (FOSTA), qui criminalisent les plateformes en ligne que les travailleurSEs du sexe utilisent pour promouvoir leurs services et échanger des informations avec d’autres travailleurSEs du sexe, notamment dans l’objectif de garantir leur sécurité.

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U.S.A. FOSTA/SESTA legislation

This NSWP Briefing Note provides information about the United States’ recent legislation - The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) -that criminalise online platforms used by sex workers for advertising and information sharing, including for safety purposes. The resource provides details on FOSTA/SESTA and the 'End Banking for Human Traffickers Act', which aims to ‘prevent financial transactions involving the proceeds of severe forms of trafficking'. 

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Rentboy CEO Fined and Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail

It has been almost two years since the offices of Rentboy were raided by the New York Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security on 25 August, 2015. Six employees were arrested alongside CEO Jeffrey Hurant, but changes against every except Hurant were dropped after a the case became the subject of national attention with condemnation coming from LGBT and Human Rights organisations such as Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch. 

United States' Anti-Trafficking Sting mocks Sex Workers while Backpage Lawsuit Heats Up

In March 2007, Polk County Police Department engaged in 'Operation March Madness' a sting resulting in the arrests of 104 people, including 38 sex workers, 51 clients and 14 for related charges. Polk county has a reputation for large scale stings to get media attention. In the same county Operation 'Trick or Treat' arrested 95 sex workers and clients on Christmas Eve 2015. It came under criticism for the targeted ridiculing of transgender people by the Sheriff by the National Center for Transgender Equality.