Two Saturdays ago, my phone rang with a frantic and frustrated friend seeking advice. Part of her job involves posting Squackpage ads and she was stymied by a new policy which requires that posters provide a link to their social media accounts to change or create a new ad.
This crap isn’t my business anymore but still, a friend in need is a friend indeed – or some bull shit like that. So I got her password and logged on to see what was up. Not a huge problem. I solved the riddle quickly and she was on her way. But I wondered why the hell would Sqackpage suddenly require social media accounts. And then I found the answer.
The Department of Homeland Security will begin tracking the social media accounts of all immigrants on October 18th. And as we’re all well aware, many of the country’s escorts advertising on Sqackpage are in that group.
Of course, Sqackpage is not required to implement their new rule. They just do stuff like that to at once court the favor of the federal government – and keep the heat off themselves. This in fact, has always been Sqackpage’s MO. Right from the start, their mouthpiece told legislators that it was the site’s purpose to out traffickers and hand them over to the feds. Asked why the site doesn’t donate its profits to charities which concern themselves with trafficked individuals if that really is the site’s mission, SP’s lawyer did her best impression of “a deer in the headlights.”
Speaking from experience, I can tell you unequivocally that Sqackpage gives up people and organizations they’ve termed as their “best friends” routinely. It isn’t just traffickers. It’s their business partners as well! And I can tell you they aren’t alone in the adult directory web world. Exactly why agents of the IRS revealed to me who had “given me up,” I cannot tell you. You’d have to ask them. But the facts remain. If an escort website tells you your secret and info is safe with them, don’t believe it. It’s bull shit. Your secret is safe until their ass is on the line. Funny thing about that! Not so safe anymore!
I can’t imagine the feds will glean much information via Squackpage. Girls know to simply set up a shell social media account to satisfy the new requirement. But that doesn’t tarnish SP’s position on the matter. Clearly, somebody let them know about DHS’s new policy – and they’ve reacted in a manner which they deem appropriate. Do I blame them? Not really. But if they showed up down at the Catholic Worker for a freebe, I might be tempted to spit in their soup. For as we all know, one good turn deserves another.