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New Legislation introduced to analyze Impact of SESTA/FOSTA on Sex Workers

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Rep. Ro Khanna announced plans a few months back to present a bill that would research the impact of FOSTA on sex workers.

Last week, the progressive politician joined forces with Rep. Barbara Lee to introduce the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act to The House. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden have also released similar legislation.

The bill would essentially assign Health & Human Services specialists to dissect the imprint of FOSTA on sex workers, with backing from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health.

The bill has reportedly garnered support from dozens of co-sponsors, but none of which are Republican.

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“There has been a host of anecdotal reporting from sex workers and community health organizations that following the enactment of SESTA/FOSTA, sex workers have faced greater threats of physical and sexual violence, as they are increasingly pushed off on-line platforms and onto the streets to seek clients. Despite these reports, no national study has been conducted to assess the impacts of SESTA/FOSTA on sex workers,” said Rep. Ro Khanna. “Sex workers have relied on such internet platforms to screen clients and negotiate boundaries for consensual, transactional sex services, including condom use and other harm reduction strategies. While SESTA/FOSTA was intended to curb online sex trafficking, by banning the “promotion of prostitution,” a host of internet platforms relied on by sex workers have shut down. My bill would mandate the first national study investigating how the shutdown of websites in connection with SESTA/FOSTA impact the health and safety of people who rely on consensual, transactional sex. I’m proud to partner with Rep. Lee, Senator Warren and the many advocates on this critical issue.”

“For far too long, SESTA/FOSTA has demonized and harmed sex workers,” said Rep. Lee. “Instead of preventing sex trafficking, SESTA/FOSTA made it harder for sex workers to access critical health and safety resources. We need the full picture – that’s why I’m proud to work with Rep. Khanna and Senators Warren and Wyden on this legislation to study the full effects of SESTA/FOSTA. It’s imperative we ensure that everyone has the full picture when making reproductive health decisions.”

“As lawmakers, we are responsible for examining unintended consequences of all legislation, and that includes any impact SESTA-FOSTA may have had on the ability of sex workers to protect themselves from physical or financial abuse,” said Senator Warren. “I’m glad to be working with Representatives Khanna and Lee, and Senator Wyden to do just that with the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act.” “Last year I warned that forcing websites to take down any mention of sex work would remove agency from sex workers and put them at great risk of violence and abuse, all while making it harder to catch sex traffickers and aid victims of human trafficking. So far, initial reports from cities across the country show that violence against sex workers is rising dramatically and there’s little evidence that this law is helping victims. Representatives Khanna, Lee, and Senator Warren are taking the common-sense position that HHS should study the impacts of SESTA-FOSTA on the most vulnerable members of society, so that Congress can make informed policy decisions, rather than chasing knee-jerk responses,” said Senator Wyden.

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U.S. Passengers released from Quarantined Cruise Ship in Japan

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The United States has reportedly evacuated its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan on Monday morning after they had been quarantined for more than a week in the Japanese port city of Yokohama. 

Other nations are preparing to follow suit as global concerns heighten over the spread of the deadly disease with a death toll of 1,700 at its Chinese epicenter.

Fourteen people who tested positive for the coronavirus were among the more than 300 American citizens and family members evacuated by plane from the quarantined ship, the US State Department revealed Monday.

More than 70,500 have been infected across China by the COVID-19 virus as the world battles to contain the outbreak that has sparked panic buying and jitters over the global economic impact.

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Twitter holds online Block Party for Nancy Pelosi after shredding Trump’s speech

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it more than clear what she thinks of President Trump as she literally tore up the commander in chief’s State of the Union address on national TV at the conclusion of his remarks Tuesday night.

When asked afterward why she shredded her copy of the speech, Pelosi responded, “Because it was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternatives.”

“What we saw today was the manifestation of hatred,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “That hatred consumes any other sentiment they may have.”

Analysts on the Fox News Channel weighed in on Pelosi’s ripping up the speech in the aftermath of the event.

Sean Hannity called it “one of the most classless things ever to be done in the history of the State of the Union. … I want to buy that [torn-up speech]. If anyone has it, I’ll pay for it.”

“She plain doesn’t like him,” Chris Wallace said.

“Is she genuinely perpetually frustrated?” asked Brit Hume.

Dana Perino noted, “There were names of American citizens who have died in there.”

Sara Carter explained: “What the Democrats did was stunning and disgraceful, and they’re going to pay for it in 2020.”

At the commencement of the evening, Pelosi offered to shake Trump’s hand as he gave her the speech, but the president did not return his hand. It was unclear if he did not see her offer of a handshake.

Regardless of the backlash Pelosi’s received from the right-wing clan, we can’t ignore the online celebration Twitter’s holding in her honor, and she’s been a trending topic ever since.

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UPDATED: Kobe Bryant dead at 41; daughter Gianna Maria also killed

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According to TMZ, Kobe Bryant has reportedly died from a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning.

Kobe, 41, was traveling with at least 3 other passengers in his private helicopter before the plane crashed, sparking a fire.

The outlet confirmed with emergency personnel that their are no survivors left behind. Five people are confirmed dead, not including his wife Vanessa Bryant.

5-time NBA champion is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.

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Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash … reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.

We’re told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.

Stay tuned for updates. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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