Standing with Sex Workers in their Fight for a Safer Sex Industry

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Dear Friend,

This October, Canada’s sex work regime was challenged before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform v Canada. The BCCLA intervened in this case to argue that sex work laws continue to violate sex workers’ section 7 Charter rights.

This latest challenge comes nearly a decade after Canada v Bedford, a 2013 case which spurred the creation of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA). At the time, the BCCLA wrote that the law was flawed and warned that PCEPA would almost certainly be put before the courts to guarantee the rights and safety of marginalized and vulnerable individuals.

We wrote about this in ‘There and Back Again: The fight over Canada’s sex work laws returns to court.’ Read it here.

The BCCLA stands with the coalition of sex worker-led organizations and current and former sex... workers across Canada who argue in this latest challenge that PCEPA has failed to meet its stated objectives and instead has worsened the harms faced by sex workers.

We urged the Court to apply an intersectional lens to its analysis. It is clear these laws should be struck down because of the harm that they cause to the most vulnerable sex workers, including those who are Indigenous, Black, trans, non-binary, racialized, living with disabilities, and living in poverty.

Read more about the fight over Canada’s sex work laws returning to court in our latest Commentary Analysis.

We now await the Court’s decision. It’s time for the government to listen to sex workers, and the BCCLA will continue to stand by them until they do. Your support makes it possible for us to continue this work. Thank you for being on our side.

Sincerely,

Vibert Jack (he/him)
Litigation Director

Ga Grant (she/her)
Litigation Staff Counsel

Stephen Chin (he/him)
Staff Counsel

Safiyya Ahmad (she/her)
Articling Student

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