Sex trade workers

Sex trade workers

Health and safety in the sex trade: moving toward a proposal for an academic/community partnered multi-site research project: di

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English
Owning Org: 
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
Media Type: 
Online
Author: 
Cecilia Benoit
Frances Shaver
Rachel Phillips
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Summarizes the work of a group of Canadian researchers located in different parts of the country who came together to participate in the two-part workshop, Health and Safety in the Sex Trade: Moving toward a proposal for an academic-community partnered multi-site research project, funded by the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health.

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Includes bibliographical references.

WISH Drop-in Centre

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NGO - Non Government Organization
Service Language: 
English
Services Provided: 
Information provision and referral
Advocacy
Clinical or health care services
Residence

Works to increase the health, safety and well being of women working in the sex trade in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Serves hot meals, dispenses make-up, hygiene items, and clothing, and provides showering facilities. Also offers on-site nursing, referrals to detoxification centres, rehabilitations houses, and shelters. also provides transition programs, a Literacy Centre, hospital visits, Beauty Nights (sponsored by the Beauty Night Society), a Mentoring Program, and Peer Counselling.

Primary Telephone: 
604-669-9474
Email Address: 
wishdropincentre@telus.net
Fax Number: 
604-669-9479
Street Address: 
515-119 W Pender St
City: 
Vancouver
Province: 
British Columbia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
V6B 1S5

Substance use issues for women in the sex trade

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English
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Paper
Online
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Women's Addiction Foundation
Publication Date: 
2000
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Defines the sex trade industry and focuses on the connection with substance use. Discuses the severe discrimination and violence that can be associated with the sex trade. Provides a list of community resources.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Is prostitution work or exploitation?: further consideration is needed : [summary]

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Diane Guilbault
Ginette Plamondon
Publisher: 
Conseil du statut de la femme
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Québec, QC

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.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN 2550393678

Taking it off, putting it on: women in the strip trade

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English
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Paper
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Chris Bruckert
Publisher: 
Women's Press
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

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.

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ISBN 0889614059
SEXP.B73 2002
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, February 2004: The experiences and lived realities of sex workers have been marginalized, silenced, and objectified in popular texts and, until recently, in much feminist work on pornography. Chris Bruckert worked as a stripper for a time to support herself and her family before she went to university. Unable to reconcile her experiences as a stripper with what academia said (and didn’t say) about sex work, Bruckert set out to document the stories of the women who work as strippers. Taking It Off is a feminist ethnography that tackles the strip trade’s regulations and organization, power relations, stigmas, and labour processes. Bruckert uses the words of the strippers that she interviewed as a point of departure to explore this industry. Taking It Off is richly textured because Bruckert also worked in a strip club as a bartender and waitress as part of her research process. Her work as this “outsider within” adds layers of insight into the complex dynamics between strippers, club staff, and the patrons. Taking It Off begins with descriptions of the inner workings and atmosphere of a strip club, its ‘Champagne Rooms’ and the working routines of club staff. It documents the strategies strippers use to ‘work the club’. These descriptions and the interviews reveal that strip club labour is much like any other non-unionized working-class employment. Through these stories, Bruckert explores the politics of an industry that sells sexuality embroiled in exploitation and oppression. She explores the ways strippers resist and challenge power relations and stereotypes, and the ways that they define and negotiate their identity.

Risk, morality, and blame: a critical analysis of government and U.S. donor responses to HIV infections among sex workers in Ind

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Avni Amin
Publisher: 
Center for Health and Gender Equity
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Takoma Park, MD

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.

Short report. Dispelling myths and understanding realities: working conditions, health status, and exiting experiences of sex w

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English
Owning Org: 
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Cecilia Benoit
Alison Millar
Publisher: 
Prostitutes Empowerment, Education and Resource Society (PEERS)
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
Victoria, BC

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.

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Dispelling myths and understanding realities: working conditions, health status, and exiting experiences of sex workers

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English
Owning Org: 
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
Media Type: 
Paper
Online
Author: 
Cecilia Benoit
Alison Millar
Publisher: 
Prostitutes Empowerment, Education and Resource Society (PEERS)
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
Victoria, BC

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.

Peer research in the sex trade

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English
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
Centres of Excellence for Women's Health Research Bulletins (CEWHRB)
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Paper
Author: 
Frances Shaver
Leslie Grant Timmons
Publisher: 
Centres of Excellence for Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Looks at ways to ensure the safety and well being of women and men and transgendered people involved in the sex trade.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ISSN 14963612

A comparative study of women trafficked in the migration process: patterns, profiles and health consequences of sexual exploitat

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English
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Online
Author: 
Janice G. Raymond
Jean D'Cunha
Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayat-Santos
Publisher: 
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Amherst, MA

Describes the patterns and consequences of sexual exploitation, migration, and trafficking of women in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Venezuela, and the United States.

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