December 17 is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
Check out this Rabble.ca post to find out what sex worker advocacy groups worldwide are doing to end violence and create justice.
One thing that would immediately make sex workers lives more safe would be to strike down the laws criminalizing communicating, living off the avails and maintaining a bawdy house.
On Friday the Canadian supreme court will announce its decision in the charter challenge that could lead to the decriminalization of sex work in Canada. Journalist Carly Forbes has produced and collected some documentaries with more information about the charter challenge and with some reflections from sex workers.
- An introduction to the charter challenge and a break down of the laws being challenged – http://previous.ncra.ca/exchange/dspProgramDetail.cfm?programID=138675
- A documentary was produced from recordings made at a national day of action to decriminalize sex work back in June:
- This documentary features reflections on the Supreme court hearing by sex workers: http://previous.ncra.ca/exchange/dspProgramDetail.cfm?programID=138675
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network has posted a response to ongoing colonialism on December 17th and a call to end violence:
Ending violence against sex workers is also about ending the violence of colonialism from state systems such as child welfare, social services and the criminal (in)justice system that many of our communities face.For instance, criminalizing or arresting people, removing their children or access to them only removes support and puts people back into a system that often failed them in the first place. This is directly connected to the interpersonal violence that people experience, including sexual assault and domestic violence.
And lastly, if your curious, you can read why SACHA supports the decriminalization of sex work:
SACHA believes that policies and laws have often been formed to instruct women on what is right and wrong in an attempt to control their behaviour. These social rules are decided for women by people (primarily men) in power who decide how “good girls” and “bad girls” behave. Sex workers are a group of people more often spoken about than spoken with; they have not been consulted in forming the rules. Policy decisions regarding sex work have been imposed on sex workers rather than in collaboration with them. Racism, colonialism, classism, adultism and other forms of oppression have also been pivotal in policy design.