After bitching for the past 16 years about decriminalizing sex work, something wholly unexpected happened on Tuesday afternoon. Sex work was decriminalized in Ontario.
Libby Davies/ HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Two different responses on Tuesday's ruling which support the human dignity of sex workers, and enables sex workers to work free from violence and other health risks, including HIV infection.
A remarkable new production opens next week at the Firehall Arts Centre. The Hooker Monologues will present narratives directly based on the experiences of sex workers and allies.
The question should be: how best can we ensure the safety and rights of sex workers? But the battle has become about how best to control sex work under the guise of "protecting" sex workers.
Imagine for a moment, if the debate over prostitution laws was aimed at other types of workers.
Organized by Desiree Alliance (a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social scientists, educators and allies), the 5th national sex workers' conference took place July 14-19.
Today in Ottawa the Supreme Court of Canada is hearing arguments in a landmark case concerning sex workers.
A recent Supreme Court decision clarifies Canadian courts' discretion in granting standing to public interest groups to pursue litigation aimed at protecting the rights of vulnerable groups in Canada.
The F Word
Janine Benedet, associate professor with the UBC Faculty of Law, reflects on the Bedford case and looks at what has been left out of the conversation around prostitution in Canada.
Despite decriminalization of indoor sex work, the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision on prostitution laws is a disappointment for sex workers.