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My work should not cost me my life : the case against criminalizing the purchase of sex in Canada / authors: Sex Workers United Against Violence, Sarah Allan, Darcie Bennett, Jill Chettiar, Grace Jackson, Andrea Krüsi, Katrina Pacey, Kerry Porth, Mae Price, Kate Shannon and Chrissy Taylornaud.

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Canadian Policing Research



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Case against criminalizing the purchase of sex in Canada




Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-21).


1 online resource (vi, 21 pages) : colour illustrations


Issued by: Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) and Sex Workers United Against Violence.


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Executive summary. i. Findings from the BMJ Open report by Krusi et al. ; ii. Recommendations -- Chapter one. Introduction. i. Street-based sex work in Vancouver ; ii. Research methods employed for the BMJ Open report by Krusi et. al. ; iii. Outline of report by Pivot, SWUAV and GSHI -- Chapter two. Criminalizing the purchase of sex: different target, same harms. i. Does law enforcement directed at clients reduce prostitution? ; ii. Displacement to isolated areas ; iii. Inability to screen clients ; iv. Inability to access police protection ; v. Sex workers' views on effective policing -- Chapter three. Criminalization of clients and the Charter. i. Summary of the Bedford decision ; ii. Constitutional analysis of a ban on purchasing sex -- Chapter four. Recommendations: developing effective laws and policies regarding sex work -- Notes.

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