Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino speaks during a news conference on the government’s plan to enable expungements for convictions under the Criminal Code for bawdy house, indecency-based and abortion-related offences in Ottawa in March 2023.
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Experts on the history of sexuality in Canada say recent changes to the Expungement Act don’t go far enough, and they urge Canadians to reject attempts to divide marginalized communities.
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Some vulnerable populations may have fallen through the cracks despite efforts to improve access to HIV services during the pandemic in Nigeria.
Sex workers and their supporters protest outside the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court during the first appearance of a man accused of killing six women.
The conflation of sex work and human trafficking fuels support for the continued criminalisation of sex work.
The film is loosely based on a chapter from the book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai.’
Despite portraying sex workers as agents of social change, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ presents sex workers as worthy victims because they didn’t choose their disreputable fates.
Asian migrant massage workers and allies rally against Newmarket’s discriminatory licensing crackdown on their workplaces in front of Newmarket Municipal Offices.
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Newmarket’s draconian use of bylaws and licensing to target and displace Asian massage workers risks taking us back to a racist past in Canadian history, where Asians were seen as moral threats.
Globally, sex workers have been left to fend for themselves during the pandemic with little to no support from the government.
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Societally, we need to recognize that sex workers have agency and deserve the same respect, dignity and aid as any other person selling their labour.
A Nigerian women’s group demands sex workers’ rights at a protest.
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The study reveals a consistently biased and negative depiction of sex workers by news media in Nigeria.
Transported to Van Diemen’s Land aged 11, Ellen Miles went on to riot in Launceston’s Female Factory, seek fortune in gold-rush Victoria and live to nearly 90.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gives a press conference in January 2022.
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Until Bolsonaro’s election win, sex workers had been gaining rights. His ultra-far-right, homophobic, racist and mysoginistic views have made the reality much worse.
Some tools of the trade for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government support programs like CERB and EI provide a safety net. During COVID-19, sex workers accessed various financial support — future policy needs to address the rights and security of sex workers.
Attributed to Onesimos (Greek (Attic), active 500 - 480 B.C.) Attic Red-Figure Kylix, about 490 B.C.
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Wives were not a part of intellectual life – but sex workers were often seen as having captivating minds, as well as captivating bodies.
Financial strain exacerbated by the pandemic could be driving increased student sex work, whether through apps like OnlyFans or other platforms and avenues.
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Higher education institutions should also consider how to respond should sex work take place on campus, such as in a residence.
Feminist queer filmmaker Lizzie Borden’s 1986 indie hit has been re-released by the Criterion Collection.
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The timely re-release of ‘Working Girls’ by Lizzie Borden brings sex work into the public eye as activists in Canada prepare for another Supreme Court challenge to laws criminalizing commercial sex.
A billboard in Mounds View, Minnesota, put up by the nonprofit National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
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Children are not routinely being snatched from pizza parlors and sold into sexual slavery. Sex trafficking more often looks like ‘vulnerable people struggling to survive’ through sex.
Before drafting legislation that seeks to protect sex workers and minors, law-makers should consult with sex workers.
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Why are sex workers routinely excluded from debates on their own legal and human rights?
Supporters of sex workers’ rights marched in Las Vegas in 2019.
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More people are getting involved in sex work, especially online – and it can be a lifeline for marginalized people.
New research into sex work in the UK highlights some of the changes and challenges sex workers have faced.
The red umbrella is a symbol used by sex worker activists to draw attention to the work conditions and human rights of people in the sexual service industry.
Work in the sexual services industry has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and workers have been left without access to government support.
After a change in the law which criminalises the purchase of sexual services, the French government is willing to help only those who wish to exit prostitution for good.
Sex worker rights – fought for at this red umbrella protest in Vancouver – are under threat by ‘hospitality’ programs which ask civilians working in hotels to ‘report’ on their guests.
Citizens-watch programs designed by police to aid anti-trafficking efforts threaten the rights and safety of sex workers.