Who do you work with?:
Sex worker led groups and allies.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
We have former and current sex workers as members and a couple on our Planning Committee (like a Board). We work in solidarity with sex worker groups, both led by sex workers and/or allies. We work with academies and lawyers who support sex worker rights.
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
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:
1) Stigma 2) Arbitrary, complaint-driven police raids of brothels looking for "trafficking" victims, resulting in closure or penalisation of safe working venues and traumatisation/detention of migrant workers who are in Canada legally and working voluntarilyn as sex workers.
Describe other areas of your work:
Public education and advocacy, including media work, public forums, opinions pieces etc.