Sex Work in the US after FOSTA

This research is being conducted by Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics Rhode Island (COYOTE RI)

This survey is to allow us to measure the effect Fosta (Fight online trafficking act)  has had on sex workers. It will also help us track incidents of violent crimes and exploitation against sex workers in the wake of Fosta. You will not be asked any information that could identify you, so there is little risk for participating. At the end of the survey you will find a list of support services.


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* 1. Do you consent to participate in this survey?

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* 2. What is the date you began this survey?

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* 3. What date did you find out Backpage had been seized (can approximate if you do not remember the exact day)?

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* 4. Was Sex Work your only means of income before FOSTA passed?

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* 5. Are you the sole provider for your family?

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* 6. How many family members are you supporting?

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* 7. How long after backpage closed did you observe a change in your income?

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* 8. How long was after backpage closed where you unable to support yourself and those dependent on you?

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* 9. What bills were you unable to pay? (check all that apply)

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* 10. Since FOSTA passed, have you been evicted or displaced?

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* 11. Since FOSTA passed, have you had to take on less reputable clients?

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* 12. Have you been a victim of violence while engaging in sex work since FOSTA passed?

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* 13. Has anyone tried to threaten, exploit, or get freebies from you since FOSTA passed?

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* 14. Did you screen your clients before FOSTA passed? 

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* 15. Do you still screen your clients after FOSTA passed?

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* 16. If you have changed how you screen your clients since FOSTA passed, describe how. 

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* 17. Where have you started advertising since FOSTA passed?

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* 18. Since FOSTA passed, have your regular clients still been calling?

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* 19. Since backpage closed, are more clients than normal trying to convince you to lower your rate?

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* 20. Since FOSTA passed, have you been arrested on prostitution related charges? Or sent to deferment and rehabilitation programs instead of being arrested?

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* 21. Since FOSTA passed, have you been able to access any public services like subsidized housing that you were unable to access before FOSTA?

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* 22. Have you become a victim of sex trafficking since FOSTA passed? Trafficking is defined as work in the sex industry due to force, fraud, or coercion or the involvement of minors in the sex industry

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* 23. Since FOSTA passed, have you experienced forms of exploitation within the sex industry that you would not consider trafficking? examples may include wage theft, being overworked or under compensated, entering into workplace conditions that were unsafe 

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* 24. Since FOSTA passed, has a police officer exploited you for sex?

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* 25. Before FOSTA passed, did you know how to connect to local sex workers rights organizations that are lead by sex workers?

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* 26. Since FOSTA has passed, have you known how to connect with local sex workers rights organizations that are lead by sex workers?

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* 27. REPORTING: 
We are accepting anonymous  reports, verified and unverified, of people who have been harmed, missing, or involved in any sort of violence or abuse including suicide or moving to working under a bad manager (aka pimp or trafficker) since the passing of FOSTA. 
If you have any incidents to report- what was the date of the incident?
If you do not have any incidents to report, go to the end of the survey. 


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* 28. What is the incident(s) that you are reporting? Please describe to the extent that you feel comfortable. Please include the state that the incident occurred

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* 29. Where did this incident occur?

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* 30. What was your relation to the incident? (Did it happen to you yourself, your friend, a family member ect.)

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* 31. Are there any related links or sources? (news articles, tweets, etc.)

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* 32. Do you have any files (pdfs, photos, etc.) like social media images- posts,  about violence or exploitation against sex workers since the passing of Fosta, that would be helpful to include? You can upload files under this question.

DOCX, DOC, JPEG, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG file types only.
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* 33. Is there anything I forgot to ask that you want to tell us about?


If you feel triggered by this survey or find yourself in need of support
please call SWOP USA Supportline at  877-776-2004 or call Coyote RI at
401-525-8757

If you have been a victim of a raid or rescue please share that experience at ratethatrescue.org 


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