ADULT Sex work: Beyond the stereotypes. Thinking about: what we know, how we how we know it and the implications of myths and misconceptions. Sex work is illegal. False. Selling sexual services for compensation is not and has never been illegal in Canada.
Thinking about: what we know, how we how we know it and the implications of myths and misconceptions
Selling sexual services for compensation is not and has never been illegal in Canada
Sections 210, 212 and 213 make it virtually impossible to work without breaking the law
5 – 10% of industry is street based – most work in other sectors
It is a human rights issue
“Its better then flippin burgers and MacDonald’s”
Workers choose based on personal and familiar needs, flexibility, personality, preoccupations ......
Stigma renders ex-workers silent and invisible....however criminal records do limit options
Subsistence (survival) sex compared to sex work
“Lock up your daughters” folk devils and moral panics
“being rewarded for being physically attractive and sexually competent is not an obvious barrier to self-esteem” (swav)
Another statistically unsupported ‘explanation’
Clients versus aggressors
False (in Canada,)
Sex workers are the original safe sex experts
Sex work is something a person does not something a person is.....Workers have friends, homes, they play sports, take their kids to hockey practice, love their parents , fight with their siblings. ......In other words they are just like everyone else!
Canadians are generally ambivalent about consensual sex between adults ....it is the nuisance they do not want
Tragically this is very true, like other jobs the job is dangerous
Robbed – 53.2%
Physically Threatened – 73.3%
Threatened with a weapon – 60.3%
Physically Assaulted – 47.3%
Forced to have sex against will – 56.7%
Forced to have sex with weapon – 38.8%
Kidnapped/confined – 30.9%
Criminal intent violence is not inevitable or a risk of the job – it is result of the context in which workers must operate. Therefore it is preventable.
Conditions labour practices
1985 “communicating law” comes into force
Can not call the police
Targeted by aggressors
Limits options in cases of domestic violence
”I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.“ Gary Ridgeway
‘Disposable’ Women (Lowman)
Constructs workers as
Sex work as master status
“Hooker and woman raped” Vancouver Sun
What to do?