Migrant Sex Workers Project

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Location

Toronto
Canada
Contact email: 
migrantsexworkers@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We are a grassroots group of migrants, sex workers and allies who demand safety and dignity for all sex workers, regardless of immigration status.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are part of all decisions made by the Migrant Sex Workers Project.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Being at the intersections of anti-immigrant racism, anti sex work stigma and sexism. The sex workers we work with face racial profiling, abuse by the police, immigration and bylaw enforcement as well as detention, deportation and criminalization.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We use a justice based framework that places sex worker rights on equal footing against racism, settler colonialism and border imperialism. We are building alliances to do public education and policy advocacy about the dangers of anti-trafficking, conduct legal and immigration training and use arts-based outreach strategies to mobilize migrant sex workers.