Sex work

Sex workers challenge Canadian laws as undermining their safety

June 15, 2013

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments in Bedford v. Canada, in which several sex workers are challenging three laws related to prostitution (prostitution itself is not a crime in Canada): • Bawdy-House Laws, which make it illegal to operate or be found in a place used for prostitution. These “anti-brothel laws” […]

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Where Lawrence fears to tread

April 13, 2013

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that a state could not criminalize consensual adult sexual conduct because of a belief that the conduct was immoral. It carefully limited the decision, however, noting that sex work, for example, did not fall within the scope of the liberty right being protected. Thus […]

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Sex and Justice Conference at University of Michigan breaks new ground

October 6, 2012

Sex Justice Conference 560 I have been to (far too) many conferences, but the one that wrapped up yesterday at the University of Michigan was one of the best I have ever attended. My bet is that it will mark an important new stage in advocacy on sexuality and law-related issues. The Sex and Justice […]

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Challenge to USAID anti-prostitution pledge in 2d Circuit

December 15, 2010

Excerpts from a report by Katherine Franke on the oral argument in Alliance for Open Society International v. USAID: …[which is] a case brought by the Brennan Center challenging the 2003 Bush era regulations that required any entity receiving USAID under the Global AIDS Act to sign a pledge that “no funds made available to […]

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Canadian judge orders halt to enforcement of anti-prostitution laws that endanger sex workers

September 30, 2010

Ontario Superior Court Judge Susan Himel invalidated key provisions of Canada's anti-prostitution laws on the ground that they contribute to the danger faced by sex-trade workers and violate rights guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [the equivalent of a constitution].   At issue were prohibitions on keeping a common bawdy house, communicating […]

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NYC teacher taken out of classroom for online defense of sex work

September 29, 2010

According to the NY Times, a public school teacher in New York City is being treated the way gay teachers were treated 30 years ago. Her crime is not sexual orientation. but her acknowledgment that she previously worked as a prostitute.  You know, there was a famous referendum, a famous Supreme Court case and, two years […]

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