Research-to-Action

Survey finds split on criminalizing sex trade

Surrey News Leader
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sex workers interviewed by researchers said police harassment of customers left them in much the same position as before - forced to work in riskier conditions where they have less control over health and safety.

"The findings clearly show that criminalization of clients in Canada risks recreating the same devastating harms to the health, safety and human rights of sex workers as the last two decades of missing and murdered women," said report author Dr. Kate Shannon.

"Sex workers in the research were very clear: Where clients continue to be targets of police, sex workers' ability to protect themselves from violence and abuse or access police protections is severely limited."