Research-to-Action

Laws targeting 'johns' only increase dangers to prostitutes, report warns

Metro Vancouver
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Vancouver-based Pivot Legal Society, along with a group from downtown eastside Vancouver called Sex Workers United Against Violence issued a report Tuesday.

It draws on a newly published peer reviewed report in British Medical Journal Open, and cites research by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI) of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the University of British Columbia.

The British Medical Journal study said its findings "suggest that criminalization and policing strategies that target clients reproduce the harms created by the criminalization of sex work, in particular, vulnerability to violence and HIV/STIs (sexually-transmitted infections)." Its study supports "decriminalization of sex work to ensure work conditions that support the health and safety of sex workers in Canada and globally"...