SpankChain Is Calling for Sex Workers to Out Congressmen Clients Who Supported FOSTA
SpankChain is one of several recent startups for sex on the blockchain has started a new campaign to help eliminate online sex trafficking. As a part of its campaign, the Ethereum startup is offering 25,000 dollars to the first ten sex workers who come forward with information about clients who were also members of Congress who voted to pass the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). The company is attempting to break into the often expensive, discriminatory world of adult industry payment processing using the blockchain.
According to Janice Griffith, co-founder of SpankChain and an adult performer, “We hopefully plan to utilize information gathered for leverage against elected officials whose political motives are hypocritical and selfish; pushing legislation that endangers instead of protecting–outlawing and putting the same people they purchase services and time from at risk.”
He further went on to say, “We want to expose the hypocrisy and corrupt representation that exists within our government, working not to serve the people but attack them for their choices and allow lives lost as collateral damage under a charade of well-intent, SESTA does not serve to actually end sex trafficking or forced labor of any kind, rather it pushes consensual workers out of places they have created for themselves and criminals further underground.”
By the end of March, ninety-seven senators voted to pass FOSTA-SESTA, which is a mashup bill that incorporates parts of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and was framed by supporters as an anti-sex trafficking measure. In response to this, open internet activists and sex workers warned it could endanger people more, instead of helping actual victims of trafficking, by making websites more liable for what their users do and say on their platforms.
As it stands, in less than a month since its passage, there have already been repercussions on the industry and beyond, including the shutdown of Craigslist personals and stricter enforcement of Google Drive’s policies on sexual content.
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