Sex Workers Organizing for Change: Self-Representation, Community Mobilization, and Anti-Trafficking Work
Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies, University of Victoria
In December 2017, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) issued a statement in response to the European Union’s new priorities on trafficking in persons. Growing out of its recently released seven-country study on sex work organizing, GAATW maintained that there is one critical stakeholder – sex worker rights organizations - that have consistently been excluded from such high level discussions. Their work in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone engaged in sex work has gone largely unrecognized, and they have more often than not been vilified by the anti-trafficking community. This talk will share the findings of GAATW’s seven-country study, which considered sex work organizing and anti-trafficking work in cities in Canada, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, India, Thailand, and New Zealand.
This City Talk was co-sponsored by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria.