Research-to-Action

Sex-trade policy in Vancouver a model for what not to do, advocates say

The Canadian Press, The Montreal Gazette
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The study found that the key issues unresolved by only targeting clients were that sex workers in Vancouver remained unable to screen or negotiate with clients, that they were pushed to work in isolated spaces and were unable to access police protection...

...Decriminalizing prostitution is the only approach that will protect women said Dr. Kate Shannon, the study's senior author, who works for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

"The criminalization of the purchasing of sex in Canada really risks recreating the same harms that we've heard over the last two decades of missing and murdered women," she said.