The dimensions of sex work and human trafficking
This research explores how Canadian legislation, societal norms, and the criminalization of sex work are all factors resulting in unequal treatment and safety risks of sex workers in Canada. Sex workers became more vulnerable under Bill C-36, which became law in 2014 and prohibits the purchase of sexual services; it also prevents sex workers from practicing in a safe environment and without the prejudice from powerful institutions such as the police and the law. Sex work and human trafficking are seen as interchangeable, and the bias associated with sex work has left many negative effects on women sex workers. Sex workers experience discrimination, abuse, harassment, and life-threatening situations. By means of a literature review and analysis of a court case, a bill, and a parliamentary debate, I explore how Canadian legislation poorly interprets sex work by criminalizing it and risking the safety of sex workers by isolating them legally and socially.
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