On the afternoon of April 12, 2018, I was in Los Angeles waiting to board my flight when my best friend texted me: “NightShift is gone. For good.”
Any other day, my first thought would have been that he’s joking. But this was right after FOSTA-SESTA were passed, so I had a sinking feeling he was right. When I checked the site myself, it really was gone.
(Note: I’m not going to debate the merits of FOSTA-SESTA. I’m just going to say this — I think it does more harm than good, mainly by taking away established platforms for sex workers to make a safe living.)
On the plane, I began researching the fallout from all this and quickly realized the vacuum that was created from the disappearance of sites like TER — and the need for a stable replacement.
I texted my friend: “We should pick up where these sites left off.”