Evidence-based policy recommendations for the reform of the BC Police Act, based on over a decade of rigorous academic peer-reviewed community-based research to ensure the occupational health and safety of sex workers in British Columbia.
End-demand sex work laws are informed by myths, misinformation and the conflation of sex work with sex trafficking.
Most service industries include third party systems. In sex work, third parties can be receptionists, managers/venue owners, advertisers, website providers, drivers, housekeepers, spotters and security guards, etc. However, unlike in other industries, sex work third parties are criminalized and stigmatized. End-demand sex work laws are informed by myths, misinformation and the conflation of sex work with sex trafficking. This cycle of criminalization and stigmatization amplifies dangers for sex workers and hinder sex workers’ access to occupational health and safety.
Sex workers who use drugs face significant barriers to harm reduction resources as both sex work and drug use are criminalized. This AESHA Project Infographic summarizes the harms of policing and criminalization for sex workers who use drugs.
CGSHE's Bronwyn McBride and Drs. Shira Goldenberg, Andrea Krüsi and Kate Shannon on behalf of the AESHA Project provided evidence-based recommendations to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on the Draft General Recommendation on trafficking of women and girls in the context of global migration (TWGCGM).