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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  
http://www.spcw.mb.ca/uploaded/sextrade.pdf

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
Impossible, eh? The story of PEERS: prostitutes empowerment, education and resource society  
http://www.peers.bc.ca/images/storyofpeers.pdf

Presents the story of one group of sex trade workers in one community who decided they wanted a choice and set out to create one for themselves. Intended to be used by a number of different audiences -- sex trade workers, activists, social workers, teachers, policy makers, researchers and community development practitioners.

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Published: 2001
Migrant sex workers from eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union: the Canadian case  
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/pubs/pubspr/0662653351/index_e.html

Explores the trafficking in women from Central and Eastern Europe to Canada and the circumstances under which they came here.

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Published: 2000
Migration, labour and exploitation trafficking in women and girls
Explores the various dimensions of the feminization of migration and the trafficking of women and girls for work as domestics, live-in caregivers, idustrial labourers, and for sex work.
Published: 2003
Sex work and law enforcement  
http://www.nswp.org/pdf/R4SW-08.PDF
Examines how sex workers around the world point to the state and its agents as the proponent of the greatest problems sex workers face, including violence. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Short report. Dispelling myths and understanding realities: working conditions, health status, and exiting experiences of sex w  
http://www.peers.bc.ca/images/DispMythsshort.pdf
Looks at the sex trade from a work perspective, arguing that there is an urgent need to give voice to sex workers located in indoor as well as outdoor venues. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Turn up the heat: Coalition for the Rights of Sex Workers demands healthy and safe working environments  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39510
Looks at workplace health and safety issues for women and men working in the sex trade. Also examines health needs. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Is anyone listening? A gender analysis of sex trade work
Presents an analysis of the sex trade using gender as a primary lens. Looks at the structural and social processes that shape women and men's experience of entry and exit from the sex trade.
Published: 2000
Dispelling myths and understanding realities: working conditions, health status, and exiting experiences of sex workers  
http://web.uvic.ca/~cbenoit/papers/DispMyths.pdf
Details how most sex trade workers see the sex trade is their main means of making a living, and that those working on the street experience comparatively less occupational control and more harassment than counterparts located in indoor venues. Examines how the criminal nature of the sex trade in Canada has a dramatic impact on workers’ rights and safety. Explores how most sex trade worker report that their health is not what they would like it to be, that only a minority escape from their situations through the use of illicit addictive substances, and that even those who have permanently exited continue to struggle with mental health and related problems. Suggests the need for a variety of frontline and preventive health services. (See Details)
Published: 2001