Keeping an eye on Communist, Totalitarian China, and its influence both globally, and we as Canadians. I have come to the opinion that we are rarely privy to truth regarding the real goal, the agenda of Red China, and it's implications for Canada [and North America as a whole]. No more can we rely on our media as more and more information on China is actively being swept under the carpet - not for consumption.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Immigrant Sex Workers Help In Canada
New SWANzine for Winter 2017We have a new SWANzine newsletter available now. Topics include our new project, SWAN advocacy, healthcare updates, SWAN expansion, the West End Sex Workers Memorial, safety and technology, and law enforcement visits. To view our SWANzine, please click here.
Dr. Julie Ham, President of SWAN’s Board of Directors, has published a new book called ‘Sex Work, Immigration and Social Difference’ Public discourses around migrant sex workers are often more confident about what migrant sex workers signify morally but are less clear about who the ‘migrant’ is. Based on interviews with immigrant, migrant and racialized sex workers in Vancouver, Canada and Melbourne, Australia, Sex Work, Immigration and Social Differencechallenges the ‘migrant sex worker’ category by investigating the experiences of women who are often assumed to be ‘migrant sex workers’ in Australia and Canada. Congratulations Dr. Ham!
National Call to Action on Anti-Trafficking On October 15, 2015 SWAN Vancouver Society hosted an evening of critical dialogue and research called “The Hidden Harms of Anti-Trafficking”. The goal of this event was to expose the troubling trends in anti-trafficking information, campaigns and funding, and address the harms to sex workers associated with these trends.
With this launch, we place a national call to action to “create space” for dialogue on the real, on-the-ground impacts of anti-trafficking in an environment where there is little space to do so at both the local and national level. See below for more details.
Please share our report far and wide, and join the conversation on critical anti-trafficking discourse using the hashtag #harmsofantitrafficking on social media.
SWAN’s President Dr. Julie Ham has published her dissertation: “Sex work, immigration, and social difference”
Excerpt from abstract:
“Public discourses around ‘migrant sex workers’ are often more confident about what migrant sex workers signify morally (i.e. vulnerability, criminality) but are less clear about who the ‘migrant’ is. This thesis interrogates the implications of the ‘migrant sex worker’ category based on semi-structured interviews with 65 immigrant, migrant and racialised women in sex work and two support staff in Melbourne, Australia and Vancouver, Canada during 2013–2014. Specifically, I employ an intersectional theoretical lens to investigate how this group of sex workers negotiate their security, agency and mobility across contrasting regulatory frameworks in these two cities.”
“I want to thank all of the interviewees, who generously shared their knowledge, wit and candor with me during the course of this research. I have only captured a glimpse of their knowledge in this thesis, but I hope to do justice in future endeavours to the experiences and wisdom they so generously shared.” – Dr. Julie Ham
Dr. Ham’s thesis will also be published by Routledge in 2016. Congratulations Dr. Ham!
New Online Service Available for STI Testing GetCheckedOnline is a free and confidential online sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing service provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). In a few steps, you can print a lab form, then go to a participating LifeLabs site to give your samples and get your results online or over the phone. You do not need to give your real name or date of birth; you just need an email or phone number that functions as your identifier. Please note that this service currently only tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and Hepatitis C. If you are interested in using this service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-719-6343 to receive a promotional code to get started. To access the service or find out more, click here.
The VPD Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines Video The Vancouver Police Department has released a new video about their Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines to ensure that sex workers and the public know about their focus on safety, respect, and building relationships with people working in sex work, and to reiterate that their enforcement approach does not concern adult consensual sex work. The VPD have also committed to release a Chinese version in 2016.
New Abuser Alert Reporting System Sometimes you report bad clients and ask us to share this information with other women to help keep everyone safer. Until now, we have not had an effective way to share this information but since you asked, we created an online reporting tool specifically for women working at indoor locations. You can report bad clients for a variety of reasons including: non-payment, theft, assault, stalking, violence, etc. There is even an option to report police officers or bylaws enforcement officers if they are involved in workplace issues. To learn more and/or to report a bad client or law enforcement, click here.
Are you interested in learning more about human trafficking? Do you work with marginalized populations at risk of trafficking and/or exploitation? Do you want to know how to better meet the needs of individuals working in the sex industry?
SWAN has created an advocacy toolkit to inform the community and service providers about the women we support and to present a critical perspective on human trafficking in Canada. The toolkit was launched at a successfulpublic forum hosted by SWAN in October called‘The Hidden Harms of Anti-Trafficking’ . To view the toolkit in its entirety, please click here or on the toolkit title page.
SWAN and University of Fraser Valley release collaborative research findings ‘The Palermo Protocol & Canada: The Evolution and Human Rights Impacts of Anti-Trafficking Laws in Canada (2002-2015).”This collaborative research project by University of Fraser Valley Criminologists Dr.Hayli Millar & Tamara O’Doherty and SWAN Vancouver Society critically assesses the state of Canadian anti-trafficking legal efforts in the more than ten years after ratifying the UN Trafficking (Palermo) Protocol.In this first report, we share our key preliminary findings and recommendations, including the vital need to increase the presence and awareness of im/migrant sex workers’ needs, realities and perspectives in the dominant discourse on human trafficking in the Canadian context and to contest a single, highly gendered, racialized and inadvertently harmful narrative that conflates sex work with human trafficking.
New Report on Chinese Sex Workers in Vancouver and Toronto (Click here for Press Release)
SWAN has collaborated with the Massage Parlour Outreach Project at Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) in Toronto and Ziteng in Hong Kong to research and report on Chinese sex workers’ experiences working in Toronto and Vancouver. Ziteng initiated this research for sex workers in Hong Kong that were interested in learning how to work safely and effectively in Canada. To read the full report, click here.