The recent introductions of the FOSTA and SESTA bills in the United States have impacted independent escorts worldwide tremendously in the past couple of months. Its effect has left many providers wondering what advertising platforms are safe to use, and how to move forward with the recent bill being put in place.
The FOSTA / SESTA bill was conscripted in an effort to deter online sex trafficking in the United States. The bill aims to make online platforms legally responsible for the promotion of sex trafficking that may take place on their website. The bill has been highly criticized by sex workers, internet and technology groups, as well as pro free speech groups worldwide, and it is anticipated that the bill will only hurt the sex workers who choose their professional as their own free will, and will just drive sex trafficking underground.
DOES SESTA / FOSTA APPLY TO CANADIAN ESCORTS?
The FOSTA / SESTA laws only apply to the United States of America. The laws do not apply to Canada, where sex work is governed by our own provincial and municipal laws.
HOW WILL IT AFFECT NIGHT AWAY?
Night Away does not promote escort services for the United States of America, and we never have. We are operating within Canadian law, and we follow these laws strictly.
For our website hosting, we use companies where we have received approval for the advertising of adult and escort services. We only host our website with companies that allow us to do so, and we are aware of their Terms. We have invested heavily and have many redundancies in place, to ensure that our website remains online and uninterrupted at all times for our advertisers and their clients.
HOW WILL IT AFFECT TWITTER?
Many Canadian escorts have been concerned about the possibility of Twitter deleting escort accounts, and not allowing sex workers to use their platform. Several escorts have deleted tweets and made changes to their accounts in order to lessen the chance of being suspended on Twitter, some even deleting years worth of tweets.
For Canadian escorts it is important to know that although Twitter is a US company that could possibly be affected by the SESTA / FOSTA bill, Twitter has two sets of Terms and Conditions: One is for the United States, and the other is for the rest of the world. Canadian escorts fall under the Terms Of Service for the rest of the world – not for the USA.
Twitter’s separate TOS can be read here: https://twitter.com/en/tos
So far since the passing of the SESTA / FOSTA bill, Twitter has not yet changed their Terms and Conditions. If Twitter does update their Terms for the United States, it is likely that it will not affect Canadian based escorts for 2 reasons:
1 – they are not in breach of any US Laws, sex work is governed by our own state and territory laws in Canada
2 – Canadian users of Twitter fall under different Terms and Conditions to American users
As mentioned earlier, it is too early to tell what effect SESTA / FOSTA will have on Canadian escorts – if any. We will be keeping a close eye on all developments and we will most certainly make changes where necessary. One thing is for certain, that Night Away will remain here online and continue to service the needs of our independent escorts and their clients.