Resources for Journalists
Recognizing that journalists cannot be experts on every subject, SWAN has created and compiled short and easy-to-access resources for journalists to learn more about sex work and trafficking. We hope that this library of information will facilitate more accurate and nuanced reporting on the realities of im/migrant sex work, as well as critical consideration of the harms that come from conflating it with human trafficking.
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Bedford v. Canada
Bedford v. Canada was a case challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution laws. The initial challenge began in 2007 and the final judgment from the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) came...
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) Sex Work Prohibition Analysis
Impact on Migrant Sex Workers: Migrant sex workers experience multi-layered criminalization. Even if sex work was decriminalized in Canada, migrant sex workers would still be criminalized
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) Sex Work Prohibition Charter Violations
The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) prohibition on sex work violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, specifically Sections 7 and 15.
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) Sex Work Prohibition
On June 6, 2012, the Conservative Government of Canada put forward amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), with the intention to improve protections
Sex Work Laws in Canada
An interactive timeline of Sex Work Laws in Canada from Canadian Confederation July 1, 1867 to Government Response to the report of the Standing Committee On Justice And Human Rights October 20, 2022