Gender and Sexual Health Initiative: Informing evidence-based sexual health policy and practice to reduce health inequities.
GSHI Research Associate Dr. Andrea Krusi joined PACE Society to speak on how the housing crisis impacts sex workers at an event for the City of Vancouver’s Homelessness Action Week. Dr. Krusi presented research from GSHI's AESHA project that speaks to the lack of safe and affordable housing for sex workers.
The event, called Experiencing Homelessness: Sex Work Storytellers, included monologues by spokespeople from PACE Society.
As told to the CBC, Dr. Krusi commented that legislation introduced in 2014 (which targets buyers rather than sex workers), negatively impacts sex workers, and that landlords in Vancouver discriminate against sex workers.
Marginalized migrant women, including those involved in sex work, frequently face serious health and social inequities, particularly related to HIV, sexual and reproductive health, and human rights. Dr. Goldenberg's presentation, which you can download here, introduced basic tenets of migrant health, drawing upon qualitative, epidemiological and mixed-methods research from Canada, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa to demonstrate how the HIV and sexual health inequities faced by marginalized women are deeply shaped by broad social and structural determinants including violence and human rights abuses, stigma and discrimination, economic marginalization, and experiences of criminalization.
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Study published in the American Journal of Men's Health shows men sex workers in Vancouver increasingly advertising online, raising concerns about the impact of the PCEPA and the need for men sex worker's voices to be included in policy discussions.
"For many, the second they hear of something like sex work, the framing of that for many people brings on ethical questions. We really need to move beyond that to a kind of framing of human rights for all and recognizing that this is about access to health and social justice for all communities."