susan davis wrote:
i must say i find it a little disturbing that people would ignore the things we all have consensus on to continue to argue like this.
doesn't any one have an opinion on the sex industry review project? or the potential for policy and procedure revisions to impact the safety of prostitutes/sex workers/prostituted people?
or do you just like to argue? i mean we have an opportunity to do something important and everyone seems to content to go round and round in cirlces instead. this is why nothing changes on the ground for sex workers/prostitutes/prostituted people.ego/politics won't permit any movement in either direction.
Unenforcable policy and procedures aren't worth the paper they are written on. Plans for enforcement that don't include explanations of why they would work in Canada when they haven't worked anywhere else don't hold any value either.
We do not have consensus on the decriminalization of pimps, procurement and brothels.
We do not have consensus on the effectiveness of unproven regulatory frameworks.
The Swedish model is movement. We all have consensus on the decriminalization of soliciation by prostitutes or "sex workers" if you prefer. Go for that and you will have my full support.
do you not wish to find traffickers and pimps?whatever model is asopted by canada we will need some infrastructure to try to hold exploiters, traffickers and pimps accountable. who gets to determine if a worker qualifies for a license or not? i can tell you now i do not qualify as a result of my criminal record and "gang file" under the current municipal framework in vancouver. we must revisit these things and work throught where gaps appear so workers maybe empowered to act when they are a victim of a crime and to keep themselves safe at work.
if you truely want to support decriminalization of workers-leave out pimps and customers etc for now- how will we deal with all of the things remind is bringing up? medical testing, licenseing,certification..... or the fact that because of criminaliztion many workers have criminal records and under current framework would there fore not qualify for the license.....back to the street? i mean do you want this to work or not?
please read our proposed bylaw revisions, we clearly detail problems with current approaches in vancouver. in other parts of canada it's worse, for instance- in edmonton workers must carry their license at all times and the license is worth over $1000, how is that accessible to impoverished women?
we could really use the input of everyone on these issues and we do all agree on decriming workers, so....what does that mean? c'mon people let's talk about something productive. policies are important, professional development packages for ALL employees who engage with sex workers are important. how can we begin to adress the systematic harms of the past if we don't spell it out for people?
we can agree to drop the debate about customers and business owners and focus on what we all know needs to be done for workers.... please?what are we going to do for workers specifically to protect them and i don't mean "ending demand"etc- i mean at a systems level as a community who care what happens to people. how can we improve conditions for workers, right now......