Life After Sex: A transition out of Canadian prostitution

by wordsbywoods

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Article in BARE Magazine

This was an article that I wrote at Quest for a Journalism project with visiting tutor Erin Millar co-founder at Discourse Media. The article was being researched as the then Conservative government was passing Bill C-36 in response to the Supreme Court Ruling Canada VS Bedford. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that the Criminal Code violated Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: The Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Person. The exchange of money for sexual favours is technically legal, while everything surrounding it: being found in a bawdy house, communicating for the purposes of sexual service is illegal. The result is sex-trade workers are at risk and the debate surrounding the best course of legislative action, namely, legalization VS decriminalization is complex. The article is based on three interviews with former workers from the sex-trade industry about their perspectives, experiences and recommendations for how best to reduce-harm and help women transition out of prostitution.