"Bill C-36 is based on a belief that sex workers are universally victimized, yet many of its provisions will contribute to sex workers’ rights violations."
"The idea that sex work is inherently exploitative is being used to justify criminal laws that deny or ignore sex workers’ right to security of person."
"The criminalization of clients will push sex work further underground and will make it harder for sex workers to screen clients."
"Criminal Laws, like C-36, fail to address social and economic issues, like inequality and poverty. Instead, Bill C-36 treats anyone involved in sex work as though they are a social problem…"
Rabble, October 17, 2014: “Bill C-36: No safety or security for sex workers,” by Cheryl Auger
Government of Canada, October 6, 2014: “BILL C-36” [As passed by The House of Commons of Canada]
"…[All] too often sex work is conflated with trafficking, child sex abuse and rape — and it is these conflations that drive the scrutiny and negative attention we in the industry so often face. In the year 2014, I believe that morality has no place in any discussion on sex work."
"I don’t ask you to like what I do. If you find the exchange of sex for cash abhorrent, okay then. But what I do ask for is to be allowed to do my job in safety and to be treated with dignity and respect."
"The sex workers I know tell me that their career choice generally boils down to economics. But who’s career choice doesn’t? Certainly abuses abound, and sex workers will be the first to admit that. But what economic system doesn’t come with its fair share of inequality and exploitation?"
The Huffington Post Blog, October 18, 2014: “Is Sex Work Empowering Or Enslaving? 12 Experts Weigh In”