Research-to-Action

"Canadian Model" Sex Work Legislation Hurts Most Vulnerable

Gender Focus
Thursday, June 12, 2014

...Researchers from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the University of British Columbia surveyed 31 sex workers in Vancouver after city police there began targeting consumers rather than sex workers. They found "no significant change in physical and sexual violence rates against sex workers by clients in the year following the new policy." Rather, "sex workers [are] losing control over the terms of sale, the report says, which results in them being forced to engage in unprotected sex and spending longer hours on the street in more clandestine locales," where their isolation means they are less likely to have support, should they need it.

It's worth noting that the B.C. study consulted actual current sex workers, not members of the public with only a vague and/or sensationalized idea of what sex work entails. The government, by contrast, has been touting the results of its online survey, which I previously wrote about here as showing that their response to the Supreme Court is supported by public opinion...