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Concern among sex workers mounts in Canada after the deaths of two sex working women

Global Network of Sex Work Projects
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sex workers and sex worker rights advocates are speaking out with mounting concern in British Columbia, Canada, after two indoor sex workers were found dead in the same apartment block, two weeks apart. The women were called Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors.

The police have been criticised for not issuing a warning more swiftly after Lyons was found. Kate Gibson, executive director of the WISH drop-in centre, said, "I think two [women], two weeks apart, is extremely alarming... In Vancouver, we've already seen this happen. Not stepping up, not dealing with this. And could they have prevented a second death? Maybe they could have."

Dr. Shannon, who works in gender and sexual health research, noted that online escorts, like other sex workers, are unable to take steps to ensure their own safety - due to criminalisation. She explained, "sex workers don't have access to the same safety and security protections" that other workers can use.