How Law and Stigma Harm People Who Do Sex Work

Presented by: Representatives from Butterfly, Maggie’s and Safe Space
Date: November 26, 2019

Description: In this online panel discussion, representatives from Maggie's Toronto, SafeSpace London, and Butterfly will explore how the stigma, marginalization and criminalization associated with sex work impacts the health and personal safety of people who do sex work. In addition to how allies can best support people who do sex work. 

Butterfly was formed by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The organization is founded upon the belief that sex workers are entitled to respect and basic human rights. Butterfly asserts that, regardless of their immigration status, Asian and migrant sex workers should be treated like all other workers.
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Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that in order to improve our circumstances, sex workers must control our own lives and destinies.

SafeSpace London is a volunteer-run not-for-profit support centre for sex workers, allies, and women/non-binary folks in crisis located at 96 Rectory St. Our model is one of empowerment with the goal of meeting women where they are at and helping sex workers operate with safety and dignity. We aim to make a real community that strives to raise the basic living conditions of its most vulnerable and exploited members. We are open Monday and Tuesday nights, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM and offer harm-reduction supplies, HIV & STI/STD educational resources, cosmetics, clothes, hygiene goods, first aid, food, coffee, tea, and information about current services in London.
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