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Sex, work, rights: reforming Canadian criminal laws on prostitution

Makes recommendations for change to the Criminal Code based on the available evidence and on the need to respect, protect and fulfil the health and human rights of sex workers.

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Published: 2005
Sex, work, rights: changing Canada's criminal laws to protect sex workers' health and human rights

Explains how Canada’s criminal laws related to prostitution affect the health and the human rights of sex workers. Recommends changes to those laws to improve the lives of sex workers.

Published: 2005
Sex, work, rights: reforming Canadian criminal laws on prostitution: fact sheets

Presents a series of 10 info sheets examining the need for reform to Canada’s prostitution laws to protect and promote the health and human rights of sex workers.

Published: 2005
Exploitation in the sex trade: what can communities and agencies do together? Forum report, March 8, 2002

Summarizes the information presented, at the Forum on Exploitation in the Sex Trade, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 8, 2002, by the panel speakers and the ideas and comments brought forth by the individuals, agency representatives and politicians in attendance.

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Published: 2002
Prostitution: rights of women or right to women?
Analyzes the debate in Quebec about the complete liberalization of prostitution and the notion of "sex worker". (See Details)
Published: 2003
Commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth: national and international perspectives
Argues that the combination of gender-based discrimination, poverty, and powerlessness blended with forces of oppression such as racism, sexism, and classism create an environment conducive to the sexual exploitation of certain groups of women and girls both at home and abroad. (See Details)
Published: 1999
Is prostitution work or exploitation?: further consideration is needed : [summary]
Presents a summary of a larger research study on prostitution, including profiles of prostitutes, clients or johns, and pimps. Also provides an overview of sex trafficking, of the overall consequences of prostitution for women and society, and different legislative responses attempted. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Prostitution of First Nations women in Canada
Explores the prostitution of first nations women in Canada, from historical and present-day perspectives. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Power surge: sex, violence & pornography
Surveys the movement against pornography and sexual violence, its strategies and challenges for the nineties. Confronts the complexity of these issues. Argues that the only route to female empowerment is to confront women's experience.
Published: 1995
Being heard: the experiences of young women in prostitution
Looks at the complex set of understandings and issues at stake for young women prostitutes. Explores such issues as self-identity, health and safety issues, and Canadian legislation and its relationship to youth prostitutes.
Published: 2003