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Red Light Labour

Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Red Light Labour

Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Canada v. Bedford that key prostitution laws were unconstitutional. Red Light Labour addresses the new legal regime regulating sex work by analyzing how laws and those who uphold them have constructed, controlled, and criminalized sex workers, their clients, and their workspaces. This groundbreaking collection also offers nuanced interpretations of commercial sexual labour from the perspectives of workers, activists, and researchers. The contributors highlight the struggle for civic and social inclusion by considering sex workers’ advocacy tactics, successes, and challenges. A timely legal, policy, and social analysis of sex work in Canada.

392 pages

Sexuality Stud


Table of Contents

Foreword / Valerie Scott

1 Contextualizing Sex Work: Challenging Discourses and Confronting Narratives / Elya M. Durisin, Emily van der Meulen, and Chris Bruckert

Part 1 – Law and Policy Contexts: The State and Beyond

2 Sex Work Policy: Tracing Historical and Contemporary Developments / Emily van der Meulen and Elya M. Durisin

3 Bedford v. Canada: A Breakthrough in the Legal Discourse / Brenda Belak

4 Municipal Regulation of Street-Based Prostitution and the Impacts on Indigenous Women: A Necessary Discussion / Naomi Sayers

5 From Average Joe to Deviant John: The Changing Construction of Sex Trade Clients in Canada / Ummni Khan

6 Pimps, Partners, and Procurers: Criminalizing Street-Based Sex Workers’ Relationships with Partners and Third Parties / Kara Gillies and Chris Bruckert

7 New Risk-Spaces, New Spaces for Harm: The Effects of the Advertising Offence on Independent Escorts / Andrea Sterling

8 Misrepresentations, Inadequate Evidence, and Impediments to Justice: Human Rights Impacts of Canada’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts / Tamara O’Doherty, Hayli Millar, Alison Clancey, and Kimberly Mackenzie

9 Perceptions of Sex Work: Exploring the Narratives of Police and Regulatory Officials / Frances M. Shaver, John Bryans, and Isabelle Bhola

10 Protecting Victims Sexually Exploited through Prostitution? Critically Examining Youth Legal and Policy Regimes / Steven Bittle

Part 2 – Diverse Experiences: Examining Places, Spaces, and Types of Work

11 Indigenous, Indoors, and Incognito: Thoughts and Experiences of an Irish and Ojibwe Sex Worker / Elizabeth James

12 Myths and Realities of Male Sex Work: A Personal Perspective / River Redwood

13 Champagne, Strawberries, and Truck-Stop Motels: On Subjectivity

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