Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today We Remember and Rally

Click the image above for a list of events across Canada today.

For December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, I'd like to share a poem I wrote on Tuesday, December 11, 2007.

And the trial ends
But the mourning continues for
Family and friends
Mona, Sereena, Andrea, Brenda, Georgina,
Marnie was my cousin's mom
Six of the numerous women
Now gone
And the preying continues
Even though one man's jailed
The fight to stop sex work
Has miserably failed
And other more effective
Ways to stop violence
Are sneered at and opposed
By "feminist" advisement
It's hard to stand by
While my comrades are murdered
Not by paying johns
As many have heard

It's not sex work that kills us
When we hit the streets
We're ignored like the blisters
We have on our feet
Watch me walk for my dinner,
My rent, my next hit
Watch me run from the killer,
The cops, the thrown shit
They all say I am trafficked
And yes it is true
But the people who move me
Are the boys in blue
They red zone me, arrest me,
There's no laws that protect
Not for me - I am nothing
My screams they neglect

And I say to the masses
Their heads up their asses
Get off the high horses
Your MP endorses
And I beg of my sisters
Who buy into the whispers
That sex work is wrong
And must only be gone
And I spit at the women
Who "speak for all women"
As though they are prophets
Against all the harlots

The violence won't end
Until something is done
It's murder that all
Of your efforts have won

About the Author

Annie Temple is the stage and writing name of Trina Ricketts. Trina has 17 years experience as a striptease artist and 15 years as a sex worker rights activist, but she's been a rebel all her life. In 2000, she founded to support other entertainers by reducing isolation, educating about health and safety, sharing information about gigs, challenging stereotypes, teaching etiquette to customers, and organizing in-person events for charity and to promote ethical businesses in the industry. Some of the groups and functions that Trina is associated with are Exotic Dancers for Cancer (now BoobaPalooza), The Naked Truth Adult Entertainment Awards, Trade Secrets Guide, BC Coalition of Experiential Communities, Canadian Union of Naked Trades, as well as several community sex worker supportive organizations. Trina is a mom of three, a lover of writing and dancing. Currently she continues to run and recently she founded Digital Activist Media - a project to investigate digital activism strategies and share them with other change-makers. Trina's activism efforts have expanded to include many issues, but her main activities involve sex worker and health freedom rights.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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Monday, December 8, 2014

WIN! Kathleen Wynne asks attorney general to review Canada’s new prostitution law

By: Laura Armstrong Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Dec 07 2014

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked the province’s attorney general to investigate the constitutional validity of Canada’s recently enacted prostitution law amid “grave concern” that the new legislation will not protect sex workers.

“I am not an expert, and I am not a lawyer, but as premier of this province, I am concerned that this legislation (now the law of the land) will not make sex workers safer,” Wynne said in a release Sunday.

The new legislation, known as the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act or Bill C-36, took effect Saturday after months of hearings and public debate.

Saturday was also the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the shooting deaths of 14 women at École Polytechnique in Montreal at the hands of gunman Marc Lépine.

In her statement Sunday, Wynne said she has listened to the debate that has taken place since last December’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling that struck down as unconstitutional three prostitution-related laws.

She said she is concerned the new law will protect neither exploited persons nor communities, and she has also asked Ontario’s attorney general, Madeleine Meilleur, to advise her on the province’s options in the event that the legislation’s constitutionality is in question.

“As I have said before, my priority in this debate is to ensure that our laws and institutions enhance the safety of those who are vulnerable — in this case, sex workers: a class of (mostly) women, who are disproportionately the victims of sexual and physical violence,” Wynne said. “So I believe that there is merit in considering whether the Conservative government’s new legislation meets that test.”

The controversial federal bill targets clients and pimps as criminals, and casts individuals who sell sexual services as victims, along with communities and children who are exposed to prostitution.

Advocates see sex work as a dangerous, coercive and violent occupation, and its practitioners, mainly women, as victims forced into the trade as a result of poverty, addiction or mental health issues.

Its critics say Bill C-36 will make life harder for sex workers by scaring away good clients and rushing communication with sketchy ones, make the work riskier and giving them less motivation to go to the police.

An emailed statement from federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s office said the Conservative government recognizes that prostitution is driven by the buyers of sex, which is why the law targets johns and pimps.

“Recognizing the significant harms that flow from prostitution, this week our government also announced new funding of $20 million available over the next five years to support exit strategy programming for those involved in prostitution,” the statement said.

Police, communities and women’s groups have welcomed the approach, it added.

But on the national day dedicated to eradicating violence against women, the day the new prostitution legislation officially came into effect, more than 60 organizations signed a statement calling for non-enforcement of C-36 and support for the full decriminalization of sex work.

Jean McDonald, executive director of Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, called on Wynne to help.

“Kathleen Wynne must demonstrate her commitment to ending violence against women. C-36 will wreak havoc on the lives of sex workers and I worry that without provincial and municipal policies of non-enforcement, we will see the continuation of the epidemic of violence against sex workers in Canada,” McDonald said.

With files from Tonda MacCharles and The Canadian Press

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 17 - List of Events Across Canada

This December 17th is an important one for sex workers, those we work closest
with and our allies. Almost one year ago to date we celebrated a huge victory in
the Supreme Court with the recognition that criminal laws contribute to the
violence that sex workers experience. This past year we were hit very hard
fighting the new regime of laws (C-36) that came into force and effect on
December 6th. Our safety and security continues to be at risk.

With the passage of these laws we take a somber moment to mourn the lives that
criminalization has stolen. We mourn for the continued loss of our physical,
economic and psychological safety. And we mourn for the loss of dignity that we
continue to suffer under this new regime. Most importantly, we mourn together
with an even stronger and more visible community of allies.

All is not lost! Our voices, support and visibility continue to shift both
public opinion and policy!

Please be visible with us and continue to protest the continued and systemic
violence of prostitution laws.

Together we are strong.

Join in December 17th actions across the country:

#dec17 #le17déc

Sudbury (Ontario):

Montréal (Québec): Stella, ASTTeQ, Rézo:

Toronto (Ontario): Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, COUNTERfit
Women’s Harm Reduction Program, Queen West Community Health Centre, Bad Date
Coalition, Sex Professional of Canada and others:

Vancouver (British Columbia):

Victoria (British Columbia):

Ottawa (Ontario): POWER

St Johns (Newfoundland):

St Catharines (Ontario):

Winnipeg (Manitoba):

Halifax (Nova Scotia): December 17th is the International Day To End Violence
Against Sex Workers. Stepping Stone would like to invite all our friends and
allies, and anyone else who would like to stand with us, to meet us for a short
march. We will start at the corner of Gottingen and Cornwallis Streets for a
short march to the police station on Gottingen Street and back. Bring your red
umbrellas if you have one. Come stand with us in solidarity of this important
day! Will start at 11a.m.

Bonjour tout le monde:

Ce 17 décembre est important pour les travailleurs et travailleuses du sexe, les
personnes qui sont proches de nous à travers notre travail ainsi que pour nos
alliés. Il y a près d’un an, nous avons célébré une importante victoire à la
Cour Suprême du Canada qui reconnaissait que les lois criminelles avaient pour
effet de contribuer à la violence que subissent les travailleuses et
travailleurs du sexe. Cette année s’est avérée difficile avec notre lutte contre
C-36, le nouveau régime de lois criminelles, qui ont malheureusement pris effet
le 6 décembre dernier. Notre sécurité continue d’être menacée.

Avec le passage de ces nouvelles lois, nous prenons un moment pour nous
recueillir et pour honorer les vies que la criminalisation nous a volées. Nous
devons aussi faire le deuil de notre sécurité physique, économique et
psychologique. Nous n’avons pas pu compter sur notre gouvernement actuel pour
reconnaître notre droit à la dignité. Mais par-dessus tout, nous nous
recueillons ensemble avec une communauté d’allié(e)s plus forte et plus visible
que jamais.

Tout n’est pas perdu! Nos prises de paroles continuent d’influencer tant
l’opinion publique que les politiques!

Venez en grand nombre dénoncer avec nous la violence systémique des lois
entourant la prostitution.

Ensemble nous sommes forts et fortes!

Joindrez les travailleuses(eurs) du sexe et nos allié(e) à travers le pays le 17

#dec17 #le17déc

Sudbury (Ontario):

Montréal (Québec): Stella, ASTTeQ, Rézo:

Toronto (Ontario): Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, COUNTERfit
Women’s Harm Reduction Program, Queen West Community Health Centre, Bad Date
Coalition, Sex Professional of Canada and others:

Vancouver (British Columbia):

Victoria (British Columbia, Canada):

Ottawa (Ontario): POWER

St Johns (Newfoundland, Canada):

St Catharines (Ontario):

Winnipeg (Manitoba):

Halifax (Nova Scotia): December 17th is the International Day To End Violence
Against Sex Workers. Stepping Stone would like to invite all our friends and
allies, and anyone else who would like to stand with us, to meet us for a short
march. We will start at the corner of Gottingen and Cornwallis Streets for a
short march to the police station on Gottingen Street and back. Bring your red
umbrellas if you have one. Come stand with us in solidarity of this important
day! Will start at 11a.m.

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MASSIVE Support from Agencies Across Canada for Non-Enforcement of C-36



December 6th: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence Against Women, which commemorates the anniversary of the gender-based murders of 14 young women in Montreal, Quebec (1989) at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. On this day we remember these 14 women who died due to gender-based violence, while addressing the ongoing violence that women face across Canada.

On December 6th 2014, the Canadian federal government will enact Bill C-36, the erroneously-named Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which will re-criminalize sex work while recreating the harms and violence experienced by sex workers under the previous laws criminalizing prostitution.

Bill C-36 replaces the three key provisions of the Criminal Code that were struck down by the Supreme Court on December 20, 2013 in the landmark case, Bedford v. Canada.

Bill C-36 recreates the harms of the provisions struck down in the Bedford case, allowing the epidemic of violence against sex workers to continue. Bill C-36 views all sex workers as victims of violence, rather than understanding that it is criminalization, isolation, and the denial of rights and freedoms that breeds violence and exploitation against sex workers.

As sex workers around the globe have pointed out for decades: We need the full decriminalization of sex work to ensure the safety, dignity and security of all sex workers and recognize that enforcement disproportionately targets Black, Indigenous, Migrant, Transwomen and street-based sex workers.

We call for:
The repeal of Bill C-36 and the full decriminalization of sex work in Canada
Legal and labour rights for sex workers
Provincial and Municipal non-enforcement of Bill C-36
The destigmatization of sex work
The recognition of the dignity and value of sex workers

On this day we remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence, over 1200 documented missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and those that still walk with us and continue to experience violence; physically, emotionally, spiritually and systematically.

On this day we join together to fight for the elimination all forms of violence against women, including Bill C-36, which will criminalize sex work and isolate sex workers, pushing them into harm’s way.

In solidarity,
COUNTERfit’s Women’s Harm Reduction Program (Toronto)
Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project
TransPRIDE Toronto
Grind Toronto
STRUT (Toronto)
POWER – Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate & Resist
Sistering – A Women’s Place (Toronto)
Sex Professionals of Canada
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Southwestern Ontario Sex Workers (SWOSWers)
Positive Women’s Network (Vancouver)
Stella, l'amie de Maimie (Montreal)
Sunshine House (Winnipeg)
PACE Society (Vancouver)
Safe Harbour Outreach Project (St. John's)
FIRST: Decriminalize Sex Work Now
Come As You Are – Workers' Cooperative (Toronto)
AIDS Committee of Durham Region
Bad Date Coalition (Toronto)
Central Toronto Community Health Centre (Toronto)
Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS)
PASAN (Toronto)
Adjoint AQPSUD (Association québécoise pour la promotion de la santé des personnes utilisatrices de drogues)
AIDS Committee of Toronto
Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
PEERS Victoria Resource Society
Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network)
The Naked Truth
Positive Living Society of BC
HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO)
Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty
Black Lives Matter
Network For the Elimination of Police Violence
Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform
Toronto Trans Alliance
John Howard Society of Toronto
CATIE – Canada’s source for HIV and Hepatitis C Information
Stepping Stone (Halifax)
Trans Feminist Action Caucus CUPE 3903
No More Silence
Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor/Advocate Program, George Brown College
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development
Big Susie’s – Sex Worker Advocacy Organization of Hamilton
Jane Doe, sexual assault activist and Co-ordinater of the national Feminist Coalition in Support of Full Decriminalization and the Human and Labour Rights of Sex Workers
Knowledge and Power of Women (KAPOW)
Native Women’s Resource Centre
Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union
Canadian AIDS Society
Pivot Legal Society (Vancouver)
No One Is Illegal – Toronto
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Global Network of People Living with HIV (North America)
AIDS Committee of Ottawa
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity
TG InnerSelves (Sudbury)
Sudbury Action Centre for Youth
Downtown East Women’s Committee of Toronto
International Workers of the World (IWW), Women’s Committee
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter
Transition House Association of Nova Scotia

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Please Pledge $5 (or more) to Help Us Fight for Our Rights! -POWER, Ottawa-Gatineau

To donate to our campaign, click here:

We are POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist), and we are raising $10,000 to fight the stigma and discrimination that sex workers face and challenge the laws and policies that put sex workers in harm's way. The money we raise will go directly toward implementing a national strategy developed by and for sex workers to advocate for our rights. Locally, it will contribute to POWER's initiatives to combat stigma and support sex worker-positive services in our community.

Sex work is legitimate work and sex workers deserve to be protected by Canada’s human rights and labour laws. Right now, this is not the reality. POWER was established by a group of current and former sex workers and allies in 2008 to fight the stigma, human rights violations and violence that are a result of Canada’s legal and social policies.

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three existing laws governing sex work, ruling that they were discriminatory, unconstitutional and put sex workers in danger. Instead of consulting with sex workers to develop a response that would support our rights and serve the needs of the communities in which we work, the federal government introduced created the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36). By continuing to target sex workers, our clients and those who help us in our work (managers, receptionists, security personnel, etc.) C-36 continues to put us at risk of harassment, legal discrimination, social discrimination and violence.

While this is a significant setback, POWER is committed to continuing to advocate for sex worker safety and rights. In spring 2015, POWER will host a national meeting centred around sex workers and our allies to develop a comprehensive strategy to fight for our rights – but we can’t do it alone.

Our fundraising campaign will close on December 20, 2014: a year to the day that the discriminatory anti-sex work laws were struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada. Please give generously so that we can defend our rights. We need our friends and allies to join us in this fight to make sure that no more lives are lost due to Canada’s state-sanctioned human rights abuses.

Together, we can make change possible. Give today, and share this page so that others have a chance to contribute to this important campaign! Look to your right to learn about the perks that you’ll receive in exchange for your financial support. Donations start at $5 and go up to $1000.

To donate to our campaign, click here:

Thanks in advance for your support!

These Cool T-shirts Make Great Xmas Gifts and Help Sex Workers

To purchase: click here. :)

This is a campaign to help raise funds for Safe Space in London, Ontario. With the recent passing of bill C-36 on November 6, 2014 as law, these laws will be enforced beginning December 6, 2014. Sex workers, especially outdoor sex workers, will be made vulnerable under these new laws. Safe Space is a volunteer run support centre for sex workers, allies and women in crisis operating in London's Old East Village.

More about Safe Space: "We are a volunteer run support centre for sex workers, allies and women in crisis currently operating out of EVAC at 757 Dundas. Our model is one of empowerment with the goal of meeting women where they're at and helping sex workers operate with safety and with dignity. We hope to make real a community that strives to raise the basic living conditions of its most vulnerable and exploited members. We are open Monday and Tuesday nights, 6:00pm - 11:00pm and offer harm-reduction supplies, HIV & STI/STD educational resources, cosmetics, clothes, hygienic goods, first aid, food, coffee, tea, and information about current services in London. We recognise a woman's right to choose or refuse sex work and we work to educate the public about sex work in London as well as promoting the decriminalization of sex work."

Front of shirt

Back of shirt

To purchase, click here. :)

The "Rights Not Rescue" Tee - Charity Tee in support of PACE Society - Sweat shop free indie apparel for harm reduction hipsters.

PACE Society is located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC, Canada. We offer low-barrier programming and support in order to serve Vancouver’s most marginalized populations; people who often fall through the cracks due to ineligibility for services that require a fixed address or drug and alcohol abstinence can access our services. In this respect, PACE is on the frontline of support for those in Vancouver who need it most.

We are made up of dedicate, compassionate individuals who are committed to providing Sex Worker-led and driven programs and services to Sex Workers.


PACE promotes safer working conditions by reducing harm and isolation through education and support. We believe that Sex Workers are valuable members of our community and are entitled to the same rights as all other human beings.


We envision a future where all Sex Workers are free from the risk of violence, discrimination, social stigmas and harms so they may enjoy the same rights as all other Canadian citizens, including the rights to life, liberty, security of the person and equal protection under the law.

We hope for long-term commitments to social change within all levels of government and individual citizens to eradicate systemic issues that lead to survival sex work such as poverty, homelessness, health and addictions so that individuals can make safe, health and informed decision in their lives.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Seeking Study Participants: Female Survival Sex Workers

Female RESEARCH Participants Needed

Do you have experience using harm reduction strategies in the survival sex trade?

I am a Master of Social Work student at the University of British Columbia. For my graduate research course, I am conducting a study entitled "Harm Reduction Strategies in the Survival Sex Trade: Hearing Women’s Voices."

You are eligible to participate in this study if:

  • You identify as a woman aged 19 years or older 
  • You have engaged in work in the survival sex trade within the last ten years 
  • You can speak about a harm reduction strategy that you use in the sex trade 
  • You speak and understand English 
  • You are willing to provide up to 1 hour of your time to be interviewed 

You will be given the option to review a written analysis of the study’s finding. Total maximum time commitment (including review of the analysis) will not exceed 2 hours.

$20 cash will be offered in appreciation of your time and participation.

This study is being supervised by Pilar Riano, Associate Professor, UBC School of Social Work,

Interested? Please contact:

Laura Burkholder MSW student

Phone: 778-834-1752