President Trump has signed into law FOSTA (Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act) that is designed to stop the trafficking and abuse of children and sex workers. A noble goal you might say, but it is one that has been met with much opposition by those who say it will make life more difficult and dangerous for sex workers.
This is a dangerous argument to make for two reasons. The first being that prostitution is illegal. Regardless of whether individuals feel it should be or not, the fact is that it is a crime, and there should be no laws in place that make it easier for a criminal to commit a crime.
The second reason is far more worrying. We know from recent charges brought against backpage.com, that websites are used to traffic children for perverts… Allowing the use of such sites may benefit prostitutes who may be just trying to earn a living, but if that risks the safety of a child in the process, it goes too far.
If even one child is sexually abused, it is too many.
So the new laws crack down on these sites. The other arena of uproar comes from those who worry that the internet will be a less free place. The law puts in check section 230 of the communications decency act, which states:
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
This essentially means that website owners are not responsible for the content users put up on their site. It is certainly a question of freedoms…What's the answer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!