Friday, September 23, 2011

Vancouver Mayoral Candidates Plan to Shame Johns

Oldtown News
Vancouver, BC


Vancouver Mayoral candidate and City Councillor Suzanne Anton wants John School (reform school for customers of sex workers) re-started and Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling for a Shame the John's campaign utilizing social media. During the 80's these Shame the Johns campaigns displaced sex workers and this in turn created widespread violence and further harm. Robertson's approach will only drive the sex trade further underground and Anton's approach will create conflict for survival sex workers the majority who are on the street. Police will target their resources against men who frequent the DTES stroll. This will create further hardship for survival sex workers. Both Anton and Robertson's approaches are based on a moral panic perspective which infers prostitution to be immoral.

Jamie Lee Hamilton