Sex workers and their allies are marching in Vancouver today to protest federal laws criminalizing prostitution.
It’s been a year since the federal government passed new laws targeting prostitution.
Kerry Porth of the Pivot Legal Society says says since then the job has gotten riskier – pushing it further underground.
“If you can’t communicate about what you’re doing, that communication is going to take place in darkly lit back alleys. Sex workers who work indoors are finding it very difficult to advertise and so they’re having to negotiate with clients once they arrive at their door – and that’s much more dangerous.”
Porth also says the law isolates sex workers by targeting anyone they work with who financially benefits.
She says advocates are organizing to mount a court challenge of the law.