Who do you work with?:
Butterfly is working with Asian and migrant sex workers of any Gender, particular in Canada.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Butterfly is formed by former and current sex workers as well as supporters. A committee is formed to manage the organisation and carry out the decision. Half of the committee members are former or current sex workers.
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:
The Asian and migrant sex workers are facing challenge with the criminalisation of sex work and the immigration status. They are marginalised and isolated because of the race, language and stigmatisation of sex work and their legal status. It makes them face the problems of abuse from the clients and authorities.
Describe other areas of your work:
To promote and advocate human rights of Asian and Migrant sex workers. To improve the working conditions and social needs of Asian and Migrant sex workers. To develop supports and services for Asian and Migrant sex workers as well as their families. To eliminate the stigma and discrimination against Asian and Migrant sex workers.