Essential Videos and Podcasts Covering Sex Work, SESTA/FOSTA and Backpage

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Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity, Saturday, June 11, 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Sally T. Buck via Flickr; cropped slightly from original)
Front Page Confidential offers what it expects to be an ever-expanding list of important videos and podcasts covering Backpage, FOSTA/SESTA, sex work and related subjects.

A number of videos and podcasts have taken on the misguided narratives parroted by the mainstream media in reference to Backpage, FOSTA/SESTA, sex work and related subjects. Here follows an ever-expanding list of links to such productions.

1) The War on Backpage Is a War on Sex Workers,” Reason documentary by Paul Detrick.  This 38-minute documentary is required viewing for anyone interested in Backpage, sex workers’ rights and FOSTA/SESTA.

2) “Why the Press Conflates Prostitution with Sex Trafficking—and Why That’s a Threat To Free Speech,” a Reason podcast on the flimsy case against pioneering alt-weekly newspapermen Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, featuring the work of crusading journalist Elizabeth Nolan Brown.

3) Whores on Film, director Juliana Piccillo’s feature-length documentary on the ways sex workers are portrayed in cinema, from silent films to modern takes on sex work such as Tangerine and The Florida Project.


4) “No More Safe Harbor,” brilliant episode from Gimlet Media’s /reply all/ podcast on SESTA/FOSTA and the damage done to sex workers by the federal law and lawmakers’ push for it.

5) “Human Trafficking,” Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall of the You’re Wrong About… podcast dive deep into the bad faith arguments and urban legends surrounding the moral panic of sex trafficking. Engrossing and worth listening to more than once.

6) “Jinx the Anarchist Sex Worker Goes to Washington,” a Reason video on sex workers lobbying Congress on why SESTA/FOSTA is a bad law. Brave sex workers put a face to their profession and turn tables on lawmakers.

7)”This anti-sex trafficking law could end internet freedom,” A Vox report on the FOSTA/SESTA law and its impact on sex workers and the internet.

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About Stephen Lemons

Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times,, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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