San Francisco sex worker advocates contend that FOSTA, ed by President Trump in Aprilprevents sex workers from screening clients and has pushed more back into violent situations on city streets.

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Reported crimes related to pimping and sex trafficking have more than tripled in — with 67 through August, up from 21 during the same period last year, according to police.

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Meanwhile, officers have made more arrests than years as much of the activity had been hidden online, said David Stevenson, a city police spokesman. Violence against both sex workers and people soliciting sex is a concerning trend as well, said Sgt.

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She said Bzckpage workers who are unable to advertise online or screen clientele are being forced into increasingly vulnerable circumstances. By law, sex trafficking crimes are defined as situations in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform the act is underage.

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Reducing sex trafficking through enforcement is difficult, Flores said, because it often requires a precarious buy-in by the victim. Police often struggle to get sex workers to testify against their traffickers in court, and many fear getting locked up or blacklisted in the industry.

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In December, Back;age Francisco police issued an internal bulletin to prioritize the safety of sex workers, who may ordinarily be subject to arrest, if they are the victims or witness sexual assault, human trafficking or other violent crimes. Since then, officers have been working to assure sex workers they will not be prosecuted if they come Baxkpage, Flores said.

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Craigslist shut its "personals" dating section last Backpags after reports that it featured several for prostitutes. Reddit has also closed its escorts message board.

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And Cityvibe and Nightshift have abandoned their online services altogether. Digital rights advocates have, however, raised concerns, suggesting the new law will "hinder online freedom of expression". Prostitutes have also raised concern that sites such as Fuck hotwife in Columbus Indiana offered them a safer alternative to trying to find clients on the streets.

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