The week-long event will culminate in a town hall with prominent New York politician State Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York) and progressive Tiffany Cabán discussing sex industry reform legislation in New York State. The Stop Violence in the Sex Trade Act, a package of bills that support the full decriminalization of the entire sex industry not just workers or victims, was first introduced in New York in 2019 by Salazar. It has yet to be passed into law. - Ariama Long TIME
March 3rd International Sex Worker Rights Day
The British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Communities (BCCEC) is a consortium of sex worker activists who work to eliminate the oppressive systems and forces that create harm for individuals in the sex industry. We support diverse perspectives and experiences in the sex industry however we do not support enforcement or rehabilitation models that promote the continued criminalization of sex workers or perpetuate sex worker dependency on social programs.
“... the dangers that exist and, indeed, are inherent in sex work, and the legislation the Harper government brought in increased their dangers and gave them no chance to properly protect themselves,” said James Lockyer, Anwar’s defence lawyer, after the decision was released.”
In an email, his spokeswoman, Mary-Liz Power limited her comments to the Levesque case, saying the investigation launched by Blair "will determine whether or not correct protocols were followed in this case, and shine a light on which systemic changes could help ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again." Wesley says she has been told by politicians that they realize that Canada's current prostitution laws aren't working. She says they are reluctant to act because they are worried about being portrayed as encouraging the proliferation of the sex trade. “ We know that their concern right now is whether or not decriminalizing sex work will affect their re-election chances," she said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2020.© Copyright 2020 Alaska Highway News
Often treated as less than human in life, there has been little dignity in death for the sex workers of one of the world's biggest brothels: their bodies frequently tossed into unmarked graves or dumped in the river.
The Migrant Sex Workers Legal Training project is a partnership of The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO), Butterfly (Asian Migrant Sex Workers Support Network), and the Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Funded by Law Foundation of Ontario Webinar.