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Réforme du droit sur le travail sexuel au Canada : considération des problèmes du modèle nordique

Cette séance d'information du Réseau Juridique Canadien VIH/sida considère l'impact du modèle «suédois» ou «nordique» sur les travailleurs du sexe. Examiner ses effets néfastes, ce document fait valoir que cette approche ne résiste pas à un examen constitutionnel au Canada.
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Sex Work Law Reform in Canada: Considering problems with the Nordic model

This briefing from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network considers the impact of the "Swedish" or "Nordic" model on sex workers.  Examining its harmful effects, this paper argues that this approach would not withstand constitutional scrutiny in Canada.

The briefing also makes recommendations to the Canadian Parliament as follows:

  • Parliament should repeal the section of the Criminal Code that makes it an offence to communicate in a public place for the purposes of prostitution
  • Parliament should repeal the bawdy-house sections of the Criminal Code
  • Parliament should repeal the subsections of the procuring sections of the Criminal Code that relate to bawdy-houses
  • Parliament should repeal the section of the Criminal Code that makes it an offence to live on the avails of prostitution
  • Parliament should repeal the reverse-onus subsection of the Criminal Code as it applies to living on the avails of prostitution

For full details you can download this useful 6 page PDF document above.  This resource is in English.

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Sex Work Law Reform in Canada: Considering problems with the Nordic model

This briefing from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network considers the impact of the "Swedish" or "Nordic" model on sex workers.  Examining its harmful effects, this paper argues that this approach would not withstand constitutional scrutiny in Canada.

The briefing also makes recommendations to the Canadian Parliament as follows:

  • Parliament should repeal the section of the Criminal Code that makes it an offence to communicate in a public place for the purposes of prostitution
  • Parliament should repeal the bawdy-house sections of the Criminal Code
  • Parliament should repeal the subsections of the procuring sections of the Criminal Code that relate to bawdy-houses
  • Parliament should repeal the section of the Criminal Code that makes it an offence to live on the avails of prostitution
  • Parliament should repeal the reverse-onus subsection of the Criminal Code as it applies to living on the avails of prostitution

For full details you can download this useful 6 page PDF document below.  This resource is in English.

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National Network of Sex Workers, India: appeal to President to reject new proposed Bill

The National Network of Sex Workers in India have appealed to the President of India to reject the 'Ordinance on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012' which was cleared by the cabinet on 1st February. 

A proposed section in this bill conflates trafficking with sex work and essentially defines all 'prostitution' as exploitation, further eroding the dignity of voluntary and consenting sex workers, against the internationally recognised interpretation of the UN Protocol, 2000.  If accepted this bill will criminalise sex workers.

You can read the 2 page (PDF) press release (in English) as published on SANGRAM's website above.

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Indian Sex Workers appeal to President to reject new Bill

The National Network of Sex Workers in India have appealed to the President of India to reject the 'Ordinance on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012' which was cleared by the cabinet on 1st February. 

A proposed section in this bill conflates trafficking with sex work and essentially defines all 'prostitution' as exploitation, further eroding the dignity of voluntary and consenting sex workers, against the internationally recognised interpretation of the UN Protocol, 2000.  If accepted this bill will criminalise sex workers.

You can read the 2 page (PDF) press release (in English) as published on SANGRAM's website below.

You can read more coverage regarding the press release as reported in the Times of India and The Hindu.

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NSWP Response on Scotland consultation on criminalisation

This is NSWP's response to the consultation carried out in Scotland (UK) on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.  

This proposal would make it illegal to purchase sex in Scotland. Rhoda Grant MSP, who carried out the consultation, believes that ‘prostitution in Scotland is a form of sexual violence against women and sexual exploitation.’  She believes that ‘prostitution is inherently harmful and dehumanising’ and that ‘the majority of those who are involved in prostitution are unwilling participants.’

You can download this 1 page PDF document above.  This resource is in English.

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NSWP Statement: In Reponse to EWL Call for a 'Prostitution Free Europe'

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) exists to uphold support the voices of sex workers globally and to connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male, and transgender sex workers. We have a growing membership of over 150 sex work organisations worldwide. NSWP condemns the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) recent statement “Together for a Europe free from prostitution” on the basis that the evidence used to support the call is biased and ill-informed; there is a dangerous conflation between sex work and trafficking, and most notably, sex workers’ voices and experiences are rendered invisible in this campaign.

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