The relationship between sex work and human trafficking remains one of the most contentious issues in both the sex worker rights and anti-trafficking worlds, and there is much community-based and academic literature written on this topic. While the arguments often appear at an impasse, there have been several important developments in recent years. This disconnect between evidence and policy prompts us to revisit the issue of sex work through a new angle. Contributors are invited to engage with, but need not limit themselves to, the following questions:. Word count for full article submissions: 4, — 6, words, including footnotes, author bio and abstract. In addition to full-length conceptual, research-based, or case study focused thematic papers, we invite the submission of shorter, blog-style pieces of words, which are relevant to the issue theme.
COVID-19 Prevention and Protecting Sex Workers: A Call to Action
Sex Work — CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND
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One-third of all sex workers unable to call 911 due to fear of repercussions from cops: study
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A new study shows nearly a third of all sex workers are unable to call for help in a safety emergency due to fear of repercussions from police for themselves, their coworkers and managers. The study , published in the peer-reviewed journal Social Sciences, is based on community research conducted in Surrey, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Sudbury, Ont. Anna-Louise Crago, PhD, the CGSHE project lead and Banting post-doctoral scholar at the U of O, said the current legal framework, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act , put in place in , places emphasis on criminalizing clients, and third parties like managers, security personnel and sex workers who share commercial expenses or work outdoors. Indigenous sex workers had twice the likelihood of reporting they were unable to call in an emergency. Sex workers who reported experiencing police harassment in the previous 12 months, such as being carded or asked for ID, being followed by police or detained without arrest, had five times the likelihood of reporting they were unable to call