Last week, an online community for sex workers disappeared from the Internet.Visit SFRedbook.com, My Pink Book.com, or My Red right now, and you'll only find the seals of the law enforcement agencies—the FBI, the DOJ, and the IRS—that seized the sites as part of a prostitution and money laundering investigation.
The sites functioned as social media platforms, with discussion boards for users in topics from politics to financial tips.
It also served as a resource guide with information ranging from explanations of the law as it pertains to sex work to health information.
For archived versions of the forums sex workers no longer have access to, click here.
These sites were essential tools for First Amendment protected speech and association—especially important for a community that values its privacy for a variety of legitimate reasons.
This platform has been pulled out from under the feet of this community.