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Monday, July 14, 2014

C36, Sex Worker-led Orgs, Allies, Advocates - LINKS and VIDEO

I was interviewed earlier today by the lovely Cathy Reisenwitz and I was asked where folks who want to learn more about the struggle for the decriminalization of sex work in Canada can go. I named a few, but here is a more extensive list. This list is by no means exhaustive! If you have any further resources you'd like to share, please do so in the comments or email me at and I will add them.

I've also added some links to sex worker orgs outside of Canada below, as well as some Twitter folks worth following. There are so many amazing and brave voices out there! You can also check out my blog's sidebar for more links.

Watch the interview here! (or click the "interviewed" link above to watch it on youtube)


Information about legal challenges, Bill C36, and sex work laws in Canada

Watch the proceedings here, at CPAC, in multiple parts
(trigger warning: dehumanizing language, sexual violence)

Pivot Legal Society - Vancouver

Sex Worker-Led and Run Organizations

POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist) - Ottawa
TONS of great information on C36

PACE Society - Vancouver

Maggie's Toronto

SPOC - Sex Professionals of Canada

Stella - Montreal

Big Susie's - Hamilton

Stepping Stone - Nova Scotia

PEERS - Victoria

FIRST (Currently under construction)

SWAV (Sex Workers Alliance of Vancouver)

Naked Truth

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals.

Other Canadian-focused Resources

Book - Selling Sex: Experience, advocacy, and research on sex work in Canada

USA & INTERNATIONAL (also including Canada)

Organizations Run By and For Sex Workers

Maggie's Toronto has an extensive list of international links here

Big Susie's also has an extensive list here 

Sex Workers' Outreach Project

Scarlet Alliance - Australian Sex Workers' Association

Best Policy Practices

Desiree Alliance (hosts a yearly conference on sex work)



Workers, Former Workers, Advocates, and Allies

Noami Kwe - Fierce Indigenous Feminist

Melissa Gira Grant

Kyle Kirkup

Emi Koyama (breaks down the myths of trafficking data)

Frances Shaver

Nikki Thomas - Former Executive Director of SPOC

Tits and Sass - One Big Service Piece

Everyday Abolition

Molli Desi Devadasi

Red Umbrella Project - Amazing Podcast Series

Anna Saini

N'Jaila Rhee

Chris Bruckert (professor, link to publications)


There are A LOT of great conversations happening on twitter right now (and there is more than ample misinformation, hand-wringing, name-calling, and triggering statements being made by anti-sexwork lobbying groups and individuals, so be warned):

Relevant hashtags

#CDNpoli (Due to a poster typo, #CNDpoli is also currently active)
#QuestionsForAmnesty (who recently called for decrim)
#ListenToSurvivors (started by SW abolitionists)

Active, Relevant, and/or Awesome Twitter Users (in no particular order)


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