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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
Peer research in the sex trade  
http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/en/publications/RB/v4n1/page7.shtml
Looks at ways to ensure the safety and well being of women and men and transgendered people involved in the sex trade. (See Details)
Published: 2003
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
eXXXpressions: Forum XXX proceedings  
http://www.chezstella.org/docs/eXXXpressionsE.pdf
Provides a compilation of presentations, discussions, and perspectives from 250 sex workers from all over the world that converged in Montreal on May 18-22, 2005 for the Forum XXX. (See Details)
Published: 2006
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
Risk, morality, and blame: a critical analysis of government and U.S. donor responses to HIV infections among sex workers in Ind  
http://www.genderhealth.org/pubs/AminSexWorkerPolicyPaperJan2004.pdf
Examines the scope and effectiveness of strategies being used by the Government of India — with bilateral development assistance from the United States - have effectively addressed the HIV prevention needs of women sex workers in India. Concludes that gender inequities play a critical role in fueling the epidemic and need to be addressed in programs and strategies focused on women, including female sex workers. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Taking it off, putting it on: women in the strip trade
Document the stories of the women who work as strippers. Presents a feminist ethnography that tackles the strip trade’s regulations and organization, power relations, stigmas, and labour processes.
Published: 2002