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Every "Adult" page on the site now reads: "The government has unconstitutionally censored this content," followed by a hyperlink to Backpage's "Media Resources" page.
Backpage's decision to self-censor came hours before its current and former executives were set to testify before the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. At issue are the company's controversial adult advertisements, which lawmakers and other critics claim are responsible for acts of prostitution and human trafficking.
In the U.S. their term "censored" must mean that section has been removed. Going in my backpage account, I checked to see for the hell of it as if I were someone who was going to post a new ad in the U.S., the adult entertainment section isn't even listed so no ads can be posted there. If the adult section was there yesterday, it's not there today.
I've also noticed that when you click on Ottawa backpage, it redirected me to "ottawabackpage.ca" which means they are also protecting themselves legally under the .ca domain. Up until now, I've never seen the .ca extension but then again, I don't use backpage much.
So lyla moved from lyla.com to lyla.com in order to avoid C-36 problems.... might this mean there is room for a POSITIVE space like lyla in the states?
While I don't wish any hardship for sex workers who rely on backpage (specifically in the states) maybe there are or could be alternatives.
If I never see another lyla post with 'Any info?', 'Has anyone seen this lovely girl?' (with the fake pics), 'Anyone seen her?', it will be too soon. I know, I should just ignore them, and I do once I've opened them. Admittedly these are often posted by folks with only 3 inane posts all on the same day, newbies and occasionally those who should know better. TinEye, google image search and The Cowboy's Diary are each our friend. Do your homework and due diligence...
Good god gentlemen we're on lyla for good reason - we need to invite reputable ladies to join us. OK, Rant over. Back to the thread.
As Phaedrus pointed out above this backpage situation may be a challenge and required quick adaptation for workers in the states.
I typed c e r b . c a above but it was automatically changed to lyla.com in case my initial statement made no sense.... which, as posted, it didn't! lol
It sucks and hopefully it doesn't make its way down here. I'm sure when Craigslist dropped their adult ads it seemed to be the end of the world then too. Those in this line of work are crafty and I'm sure will find other ways to advertise their services.
There are other options certainly, but women living on a tight budget and not sadly being introduced to any other form of site to advertise were put in a very difficult place- as many of the other advertising options would take a few days and/or money to register for them, and then re-building a client base and getting immediate business is a bit more difficult on other sites than it is backpage.
It'll likely also be difficult for casual backpage gents to learn and trust other place to advertise, as backpage was quite well known for being an easy place to find and sell those services.
So that's my concern, that women/gents casually invested in the hobby may feel there's no other option than streetwalkinng, which is incredibly dangerous and susceptible to LE intervention. /: I believe backpage shutting down may turn out okay but it's going to hurt a lot of workers in the process.
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