The criminal - Toleration of sex work : Canadian opportunities for positive action

Frances M Shaver PhD

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the legislative approach to sex work in Canada, highlight some barriers to action inherent in this approach, and describe some of the positive actions already in place and that will continue to arise in spite of the reluctance on the part of policy makers to accept the evidence before them.

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), the National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH), and Concordia University.
Recorded at the 19th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health - 'Sexual Health & Rights: A Global Challenge' Göteborg (Sweden) - June 21 – 25, 2009

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Frances M Shaver PhD

Dr Shaver 'received her doctoral degree in Sociology from the Université de Montréal in 1987. Currently she is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Since 1990, she has participated in three Canadian government funded research projects focusing on people working in the sex industry (PWSI), two as the principal investigator and one as a co-investigator.

The first explored gender differences in the work patterns of street-based sex workers in Montreal and San Francisco while the second compared the working experiences of sex workers and hospital workers in Montreal and Toronto. In the third and most recent of these studies,  Frances Shaver, along with Jacqueline Lewis (Principal Investigator) and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale (University of Windsor, Ontario Canada) partnered with several community organizations in Toronto and Montreal (Exotic Dancers’ Association of Canada, Maggie’s, Stella, and Peel Public Health)  to conduct a five year Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada study to examine the impact of public policy on the health and well-being of PWSI in 2 major Canadian cities. This Sex Trade Advocacy and Research project (STAR) produced two reports for policy makers and a series of information pamphlets for workers in the sex industry.'

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