(Los Angeles, CA / February 5, 2019) — Slixa.com proudly announces Lucy Kahn as the winner of its FOSTA-SESTA Essay Contest, earning her a $2,500 cash award and a matching donation to the advocacy charity of her choice, the Sex Workers Outreach Project Los Angeles (SWOP-LA).
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The popular adult entertainer directory launched the literary competition in December to learn from – and give a voice to – the community of service providers who have been personally affected by the hotly-debated Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) legislature, signed into law in April 2018.
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In Kahn’s winning essay, ‘Against FOSTA/SESTA: One Canary’s Cry From Inside the Coal Mine’, she highlights many of the bill’s liabilities, including that it “does not distinguish between consensual and non-consensual forms of sex work. This not only makes it ineffective at achieving its stated goal—to stop sex trafficking—but also compromises the ability of us consensual sex workers to survive economically.”
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Lucy Khan
The Second Place (Runner-Up) Essay, ‘The Death Of The Dabbler and The Erasure Of Sex Work From The Common Internet’, by Grace Marie, won a $1,500 cash prize with a matching $1,500 donation to SWOP-LA as well.
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Marie wrote that “for a lot of marginalized women, the internet of yesteryear was their only glimpse into the underbelly of society; where female sexuality is celebrated, and the physical and emotional labor that we are already trained by society to embody is financially supported.
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Grace Marie
The Second Runner-Up Essay, ‘Global Implications Of FOSTA’ by Meghan Peterson, will earn a cash prize of $1,000, with a $1,000 donation to the author’s chosen charitable organization, http://coyoteri.org/wp/.
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Meghan Peterson
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“The passage of FOSTA illuminated how little congressional leaders care about, or are willing to listen to, the very same people they purport to want to save,” writes Peterson. “It pushed sex work underground in a way that separates sex workers from tools used to maintain screening and safety.”

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Read the authors’ entire essays at Slixa.com/fosta-writing-contest, and find out more about Slixa at www.slixa.comTwitter.com/Slixa and Instagram.com/Slixa
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As the founder and CEO of Wasteland.com, the Internet's oldest and most popular BDSM and alternative sexuality site, Colin Rowntree is a true pioneer of the online adult entertainment industry. Since launching Wasteland.com in 1994, Colin has developed a network of sites that encompasses the full breadth of adult business sectors, from content production and distribution to affiliate program management, mobile content delivery to transaction processing, just to name a handful. Colin's stature within the adult industry is reflected by the many honors and recognitions he has received over the years from adult industry media outlets and trade organizations, including his 2011 induction to the Adult Video News (AVN) Hall of Fame. Colin was also the recipient of the 2011 Leadership Award from the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and winner of multiple awards from other adult media outlets.

Most recently, Colin co-founded Boodigo.com, a privacy-focused adult internet search engine that supports the adult industry in many ways.

An eloquent, witty and thought-provoking commentator, Colin is a frequent contributor to industry trade publications and websites, including Adult Video News and other media outlets. He has been interviewed by and featured on International Business Times, CNBC, Rolling Stone Magazine, BBC Television, the Fox Network, HBO, ABC Nightline, NewsCorp, Time and Wired magazines, Cnet.com and Bnet.com.Most recently, Colin was awarded the 2015 Progressive Leadership of the Year XBIZ Executive Award.
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