Safer Sex Work, Safer Communities

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada held that three criminal laws that prohibit various aspects of adult prostitution create unacceptable harms for sex workers.

Canada now has a unique opportunity to envision a legal framework that reflects expert evidence, global best practices, human rights and the expertise of sex workers themselves. In order to ensure that our laws support the safety and well-being of sex workers and address the concerns of Canadians as a whole, Canada must reform our approach to sex work. It is time to recognize the decades worth of evidence and experience from Canada and throughout the world that has made one thing clear: Criminalization of sex work has failed to achieve its goals, and has instead created egregious violence against sex workers throughout the country.

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Rights not rescue