"The thickets of morality, judgment and history have grown so thick around sex work that it’s hard to hack away the rhetoric and cut to the heart of the issue: How to provide a safe, regulated framework where the sellers and buyers of a commodity can meet and make their exchanges in peace, and where neither party is coerced or exploited."
"The federal government is in the process of drafting new legislation around sex work, after the Supreme Court struck down the laws associated with living off the avails of prostitution and prohibiting brothels. It seems the government may be leaning toward the so-called ‘Nordic model,’ pioneered in Sweden, which leaves sex workers above the law but targets their johns."
"[However, m]any Canadian advocates for sex workers dislike the Swedish approach, saying it would make their job more dangerous because they wouldn’t be able to conduct business openly and screen their clients."
"… [Arguments over models aside,] if you accept that the demand for paid sex isn’t going to magically die with the flutter of a politician’s wand, then the best way to legislate for workers’ safety is to ensure that they can operate in the open, buttressed by human-rights law, without shame or fear.
"… I’m done with prostitution. Its costs outweighed its benefits. I have been bartending on and off for years, offering up whatever swill is requested… but the funny thing is that sometimes the drunks treat me more like a whore than the johns did. The irony isn’t lost on me."