It's been a month since Backpage seizure, and it has caused a detrimental effect on many American sex workers; however, the USA wasn't the only one that suffered.
Backpage had many affiliated websites such as Cracker. Cracker was used in Hong Kong, Australia and other international countries. Some of these countries have also felt the impact from Backpage's seizure.
Cracker operated just like Backpage as a classifieds website where users could post ads to sell services or buy services. It was popular in Europe and Australia with sex workers promoting adult services. Australia has felt the burn of Cracker's shutdown.
Note: Australians could also use the Australia section of Backpage too.
An Australian sex worker, Jessi, was in surgery when the website shutdown. After her surgery was over, she now had medical bills. With her main source of income (95% of her clientele base was from Backpage) gone, she had to come up with another way to pay her bills. Luckily, she had the help & support of friends, but it wasn't easy.
Many gay & transsexual workers also lost access to websites dedicated to their market such as gay dating sites, and other helpful websites that were resources for information on staying safe and health.
Sex workers in Australia also responded to the crisis by creating an alternative called Crocker.
Crocker has grown interest in the area and there's a section for USA workers here: Crocker - United States of Antarctica
Various tweets from Twitter relating to Cracker & Backpage's seizure in Australia.
New Zealand's Backpage
Australia's neighbor felt the burn as well. New Zealand had a section for their cities such as Auckland on Backpage, and it was a widely used website for escorts to post ads since it was cheap, yet generated a lot of business.
Kiwi (term used to describe natives from New Zealand) sex workers talked about how they couldn't post on New Zealand escort directories because they were too expensive.
Backpage also aided in harm prevention for Kiwi workers too such as Maya, who described their experience after escaping a predator.
Maya talked about how quickly she began receiving requests for unsafe sex, hagglers asking to reduce her rates and some even had the audacity to ask her to become their 'live-in slut' two days after Backpage shut down.
She also discussed the greater effect it will have on poor and marginalized workers.
Maya concluded with discussing about her and her colleagues possibly doing newspaper ads in the future.
Unrelated, but Pissed Me Off
Upon searching 'New Zealand Backpage escorts' to find more articles related to sex workers effected by the shutdown, I came across this random 2-year-old article. What pissed me off about it was how there was (in my opinion) trafficking possibly being orchestrated.
Yet, no one didn't do anything. Of course!
Before hanging up, I suspect the tone of that woman's voice was timid as fuck too.
Gee, I wonder who that other person was in the room with her. Also, why are there seven women in one area who are all online advertising (or being advertised by someone else) who only have access to one phone? Am I the only one who sees details that make this scenario look sketchy?!
1 (888) 373-7888 - National (USA) Human Trafficking Resource Center
If you suspect trafficking of any kind!
Worldwide Ripple Effect
The shutdown is clearly making life harder for workers in the industry globally. However, more & more workers are also helping the industry to keep their presence alive.