Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Location

Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Contact email: 
Maggiescoord@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
Maggie's works with sex workers from all genders and from all sectors of the sex trades.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are staff, board members, volunteers, members and clients.
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
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: 
1. Criminalisation through laws, including the newly introduced prostitution legislation, Bill C36. 2. Lack of social supports such as childcare, social programs, affordable housing, affordable secondary education, etc.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Maggie's works with Indigenous organisations, a local migrant sex worker organisation, as well as national and global sex workers' rights organisations to advocate for justice for sex workers. We also work from a harm reduction perspective, and support local sex workers with safer sex and drug use materials, information and education.