As someone who has worked freely as a sex worker and someone who has experienced sexual exploitation, I can say unequivocally: the two are not the same.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local forces are putting workers at risk.
In a capitalist society, no one is concerned about how empowering someone’s job is — unless it’s sex work.
Stigma in sex work is pervasive and painful for women in all areas of the sex industry. This needs to stop.
Media coverage of reports of gang rapes in St. John’s has directed many to contemplate their moral stance on sex work, instead of their moral stance on rape and the appropriate police response to the rape of any person.