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Social media campaign reports alleged sex workers to the IRS in an echo of GamerGate

by Shwetha Sundarrajan The new #Thotaudit Twitter campaign is targetting female sex workers and reporting them to the IRS with the hopes of having unreported profits made from sending explicit videos audited. The campaign has started a fiery debate on social media over women making a living through online sex work. The grassroots campaign, started by Facebook user David Wu and was furthered on Twitter by notorious misogynist Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh over Thanksgiving weekend targeted several sex workers, banning them from various online payment services such as Venmo, Cash App, and Circle Pay.

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On Valizadeh’s podcast regarding #thotaudit, he said, “A lot of these frustrated young men who are tired of hos coming on their platforms and ruining it” had been excited by the idea of reporting women to the IRS and sought to punish women for “invading a male space to show your boobs and your butt.”

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