Next Article in Journal
Socioeconomic Factors of Immigrants’ Location Choices. Evidence for the South of Europe
Previous Article in Journal
The Economic Impact of SPS Measures on Agricultural Exports to China: An Empirical Analysis Using the PPML Method
Previous Article in Special Issue
New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective—An Example of a Successful Policy Actor
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(2), 52; doi:10.3390/socsci6020052

“Well, It Should Be Changed for One, Because It’s Our Bodies”: Sex Workers’ Views on Canada’s Punitive Approach towards Sex Work

Centre for Addictions Research of BC and Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, 2300 McKenzie Ave, Victoria, BC V8N 5M8, Canada
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Leslie Jeffrey
Received: 21 March 2017 / Revised: 17 May 2017 / Accepted: 22 May 2017 / Published: 24 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sex Workers’ Rights: Looking toward the Future)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [248 KB, uploaded 26 May 2017]

Abstract

Background: The regulation of sex work is contentious in all countries, including for governments, the public, and sex workers themselves. Research shows sex workers’ perspectives are ignored during policy formation in most cases. This is despite the fact they have unique insider knowledge and are directly affected by the policies that are enacted. Methods: We analyzed the accounts of a heterogeneous sample of adult sex workers (N = 218) residing in different urban cities in Canada to find out their views on current laws and their recommendations for reform. The interviews were conducted in 2012–2013 prior to the implementation of the 2014 Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The paper thus provides an opportunity to compare the changes desired by Canadian sex workers with changes put into law by the Act. Results: Although the interview questions did not directly ask about the current legal system, 121 expressed an opinion. Three main themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: (1) the challenges that criminalization posed to sex workers; (2) the workers’ suggestions for legal reform; and (3) potential issues with legal reform. Conclusions: We discuss the contributions our qualitative findings make to the scholarship on sex work regulation and call for further research that includes sex workers’ voices in decision-making regarding changes to policies affecting their lives. View Full-Text
Keywords: sex workers; criminalization; decriminalization; regulation; prostitution; Canada sex workers; criminalization; decriminalization; regulation; prostitution; Canada
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Benoit, C.; Jansson, M.; Smith, M.; Flagg, J. “Well, It Should Be Changed for One, Because It’s Our Bodies”: Sex Workers’ Views on Canada’s Punitive Approach towards Sex Work. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 52.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Soc. Sci. EISSN 2076-0760 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top