Amber, at what appears to be a commercial erotica site in Canada called "GirlZPorn," points out a significant problem with the recent Ontario court ruling that's been characterized as "legalizing bawdy houses" a.k.a. brothels: it leaves street/subsistence sex workers figuratively and to a certain extent literally in the dark. (Emphasis mine.)
PRESS RELEASE: Ontario Court leaves most vulnerable sex workers unprotected
In a ruling which many sex workers are calling a disappointment, the Ontario Court of appeal today released a decision that upheld the law against communication for the purposes of prostitution, modified the law against living off the avails of prostitution and struck down the law against operating a common bawdy house.
“The vast majority of all prostitution arrests are under the communication law. The failure to strike down the communication law means that the most vulnerable sex workers will continue to face arrest, police harassment, prosecution and violence.” –Emily Van Der Muelen, Assistant Professor, in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University.
“I reject the conclusion that street work is so bad for neighborhoods that stopping it is more important than protecting women’s lives.” -Lux, a current sex worker with street experience.
“This is a letdown for the most vulnerable sex workers who are largely street, Indigenous and transgendered sex workers” –Keisha Scott, Coordinator, Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project.
Living as I do in what's approximately ground zero for murdered street/subsistence sex workers, including successful and unsuccessful pickups and body dumps within a mile of my home, the main issue I really care about when it comes to the whole issue of legalization is making it safe for people who are determined to continue working in conditions with mortality rates that would make the average coal miner, logger, or the nearby "Most Dangerous Catch" crew blanche. And so for that reason I share the activist's concerns that the ruling will do very little to bring safety or security to those who need it most.
Via Newfinland/Laborador's @Anjasa's Twitter feed.