before, on, or after such date of enactment." This is what's known as an ex post facto law, and it's explicitly forbidden by the U. Rather, it's imposing serious burdens while at best doing nothing for trafficking victims and quite likely making their lives worse.
For one thing, it incentivizes law enforcement to go after third parties rather than stop traffickers or rescue victims.
The primary target are websites, apps, messageboards, and other digital publishers, which have deeper pockets.
To reach them, Congress had to carve a hole in Section 230, which has governed the internet for 22 years.
FOSTA will "subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully," Craigslist explains in the brief notice that now appears in place of potential partners if you try to go to a personals listing .
Online ads have allowed an untold number of victims to be identified and found.
What's more, the digital trail of ads, emails, and texts can provide evidence that makes catching and prosecuting the perpetrators easier.
"Craigslist isn't the only one making changes since FOSTA's passage.
On Friday, the adult-ad forum City Vibes disappeared.
I brokered my best ongoing "casual encounter" through the Craigslist personals.