Sex-Work Activist Calls for Moratorium on Laws
Hi All, I've re-printed with permission from the Georgia Straight a piece done by Carlito Pablo on Increased Missing and Murdered Sex Trade Workers post Pickton charges. For full story please see www.straight.com
Sex-work Activist Calls for Moratorium on Laws
By Carlito Pablo
Twenty-six sex-trade workers have been murdered or gone missing in Metro Vancouver since convicted serial killer Robert William Pickton was arrested in February 2002, according to a list prepared by activist Jamie Lee Hamilton.
In a phone interview, Hamilton asserted that a moratorium on the application of prostitution laws is needed to allow sex workers to come forward and provide more information on the spate of post-Pickton violence—without fear of being charged by police.
“The enforcement of prostitution laws causes displacement, and displacement is historically linked to conditions that lead to violence against sex workers,” Hamilton said.