WARNING: THIS BLOG MAY INVOLVE TOPICS, TERMS, AND LINKS TO OTHER BLOGS THAT MAY MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT IT IS STRICTLY FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
This blog is going to revolve around the misconceptions and difficulties that face sex workers in Canada. Defining “Sex Work” as well as breaking down the statistics, facts, and media portrayal of sex work will be key to creating a more realistic representation. Not only is this a massive industry that pulls in more revenue than the four major sport leagues combined per year, but it effects much of the labour and economy of Canada (not to mention worldwide). There are many issues that affect sex workers, specifially in the avenue of prostitution that can lead to harmful situations. An example of this would be the fact that postitution itself is legal in Canada, but many of the acts that lead up to prostitution are illegal. Also media continuously portrays a terribly negative image of prostitutes (as street -walkers who are constantly killed or kidapped) but fails to discuss the women who work indoors (in brothels or hotels and casinos) that make much more money, and are exposed to far less violence. In fact, 80% of prostitues are of the variety that work indoors.
Before the course gets into full swing, and I am blogging about this issue regularly, I want to make the point that as of this moment (the beginning) I am not on a specific side. Though my statistics and self-banter may seem like I am advocating sex work, I am not. At this point I am merely observing facts and laying them out. As I have a chance to get more information, and apply myself to researching this topic, more of an opinion will grow, as I am sure my posts will reflect. As of now I stand neutral, and hope to find the most valid arguments, and form my own opinion of what should be done in the issue of sex work in Canada.
My name is Adrian and I am a fourth year student at Brock University in General Studies (with a focus in Humanities). This is a topic of interest for me, as I am simultaneously working on a course that revolves around sex work. Thanks for taking time and reading my blog, I am SURE that this will get intresting. Here are five blogs that relate to sex work specifically in Canada
1. http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2012/04/23/sex-workers-an-invitation-to-tell-your-stories/ (entries by sex workers)
2. http://www.pivotlegal.org/sex_workers_rights (blog outlining sex workers rights)
3. http://www.theinternetescortshandbook.com/notebook/ (blog about knowledge on escorts)
4. http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/2013/04/04/Sex-Worker-Ruling/ (blog outlining Canadas upcoming ruling on sex work)
5. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/feminist-current/2013/02/there-no-feminist-war-sex-workers (blg discussing the “war” on female sex workers)
There are hundreds of other blogs that also cover this topic.
In the next 2 days I will post another entry with webites related to this topic, and twitter hashtags where information on this topic can be found.