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When it was passed in March 2018, federal legislators said the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA/FOSTA) would reduce sex trafficking online. Instead, it has caused the shut down of public forums where people discussed sex education and sex worker safety. It has made sex workers much more vulnerable to traffickers and has made actual sex trafficking much more difficult to track.

There are two possible ways to end the law. Dan Savage discussed this alongside two sex work advocates, Alex Andrews and River Del Llano, and Lawrence Walters, a free speech lawyer, this week at the 2019 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.