In collaboration with West Coast LEAF, the AESHA Project has submitted a brief to inform the discussion of the HOC Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill S-224 to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons). They urge the Committee to reject Bill S-224 in its entirety, support non-carceral and non-discriminatory approaches to safety, and invest in community initiatives run by and for people working in the sex industry, among other recommendations.
Recommendations based on empirical findings from Metro Vancouver, Canada, which highlight the continued harmful effects of the PCEPA to sex workers’ safety, health and human rights. Similar to recent evidence in France, these peer-reviewed empirical findings demonstrate that end-demand laws consistently place sex workers in harm’s way.
A joint submission with Westcoast LEAF urging the Digital Citizen Initiative to meaningfully consult with sex workers in any deliberations about sexually explicit online content. Considerations about their occupational health and safety must be included in deliberations about policy responses to harmful content online.
Evidence-based policy recommendations for the reform of the BC Police Act, based on over a decade of rigorous academic peer-reviewed community-based research to ensure the occupational health and safety of sex workers in British Columbia.
Expert Report and Appendices prepared by CGSHE's Dr. Kate Shannon and entered into evidence as part of the BC Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, based on results from CGSHE's ongoing community-based AESHA Project.