Research-to-Action

Jesse Klein: The state re-enters the bedroom with new legislation on prostitution

National Post
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

...A peer-reviewed study conductd in British Columbia and published earlier this week in the British Medical Journal Open found that an experiment in Vancouver to target pimps and johns instead of sex workers did not make the lives of those involved in the sex trade any safer.

"Sex workers continued to mistrust police, had to rush screening clients and were displaced to outlying areas with increased risks of violence, including being forced to engage in unprotected sex," reads the study. "While rhetorically powerful and politically appealing, there is a fundamental conceptual inconsistency in policies that criminalize clients and purport to prioritize the safety of sex workers."