Research-to-Action

The failure of sex work prohibition

Fuse Magazine
Sunday, July 1, 2012

Anti-prostitution women's groups - comprised of women morally and politically opposed to the very existance of the sex trade - have a far-reaching influence in the Canadian political climate that can be traced back to the colonization of Canada. While these groups often promote themselves as advancing an abolitionist feminist agenda, prohibitionist feminism is a more accurate descriptor, and will be used throughout this essay. In the present writing, I will argue that the strategies of prohibitionist feminists do not serve the health and well-being of sex workers, but actually result in the criminalization of the very people they purport to protect. In contrast, the arguments in this essay promote a model of solidarity with sex workers, in support of their own movements for health, security, and dignity within the sex trade.