We believe that the most realistic avenue is to focus and further police operations against individuals and networks that exploit people and use coercion to achieve their ends, that is to say that the use of violence , threats, abuse of power, domination, debt bondage, deception and, in extreme cases, to conditions similar to slavery. The decriminalization of sex work may also represent the main part of a long-term strategy to curb those who seek to control or operate in a context of sex work.
At the heart of this debate, many issues are raised, such as child Toronto Escorts, the fight against organized crime and the right to free speech cited by the newspapers, but we can only see a flagrant indifference to the the well-being of people who do sex work. It is through the use of explicit examples of classified advertising and image-shock that sex workers are used to feed sensationalism. There is once again the moral condemnation of female workers and a moralizing as “the man who wants a woman has only to open the newspaper” (translation taken from “Police escort ads targeting”, Montreal Gazette , November 12, 2002). It is essential that we understand that, in practice, the real purpose of the strategy led by Mr. Frenette is still and always one of the utopia of eliminating Escort. And we repeat regularly between Toronto Escort and eliminate Escort is always very fast.
To stop the witch hunt
“Invisible” sex workers who in the course of their work, are using the internet or classified ads (Escorts Toronto, masseuses, dominatrices, etc.).. Have we forgotten that it is precisely the suppression of prostitution makes certain forms of sex work more invisible than others? As we have previously stated, force escort agencies and self-employed for more secrecy is giving the green light to situations of abuse. Require agencies and workers to hide at all costs will result in further increase women’s vulnerability to violence and coercion. Moreover, women terrorized by police operations rarely report when physical and sexual abuse since they live in fear of being arrested and criminalized, especially involving police forces of oppression and coercion.
Some visibility of sex work should be maintained. Women must continue to organize and maintain safe working conditions. It is essential, for example, that women know they have the opportunity to choose to work in an agency providing suitable conditions for them rather than another, they may decide to work alone or with others.
Repressive police operations to these media are ominous. They will have the effect of isolating and maintaining sex workers in fear, and despite what we are trying to make us believe it is they who will pay the note being isolated, stigmatized, criminalized and judicial control. It is necessary to leave the moral debates and sensational, and can not stop this witch hunt. Seek instead to return to the central issue of the fight against violence by setting up real and practical ways to fight against abuse, violence, child labor, kidnapping and rape, forced labor and exploitation in all contexts where practiced sex work, and without distinction.
The discussion should also address the issue of human rights of sex workers. These self-employed women should be recognized according to the rules already agreed by law. As for the work in various types of businesses or businesses of sex, general standards concerning the safety of sex workers must be developed and applied like any other sphere of economic activity.