What’s New

New Podcast
To kick off 2019, SWAN presents a podcast on Talking Radical Radio. SWAN staff talk about SWAN’s advocacy work around everything from law reform to their efforts to challenge raid-and-rescue law enforcement actions that harm sex workers. They also talk about their new photovoice project, which gives migrant and immigrant sex workers a opportunity to tell their own stories and to push back against the powerful stereotypes that inform mainstream conversations about sex work and human trafficking. Listen to the podcast here.

Chocolate or Chicken Bones: A Photovoice Art Exhibition (Jan 8-Feb 5, 2019)
On January 8, 2019 join SWAN for the opening night of ‘Chocolate or Chicken Bones’. This exhibition uses photovoice methodology to address misinformation and stigma about im/migrant women who work in massage shops and apartments. This project provides im/migrant sex workers an opportunity to self-represent their lived experiences and bring forth a dimension, reality and perspective which policy makers and law enforcement have neglected and dismissed. Event details here.

Publication Red Light Labour: Sex Work, Regulation, Agency and Resistance
SWAN contributed to Chapter 8, ‘Misrepresentations, Inadequate Evidence and Impediments to Justice: Human Rights Impacts of Canada’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts. Red Light Labour is available September 1, 2018 here

SWAN Launches Respect Campaign for Victims & Survivors of Crime Week May 2018
Based on migrant sex workers’ experiences with police in 2017-2018, SWAN launched ‘Building a Culture of Respect: Police and Sex Workers‘. This campaign is targeted at police and focuses on the fundamental principle that is imperative in any interaction between police and sex workers – respect. Watch the project launch and download and share the SWAN Respect Infographic. SWAN would like to thank the Department of Justice Canada for funding this campaign.