In a business where maintaining a distance of six feet with clients is often impossible, many are being forced to either leave the industry entirely, turn to virtual options or tighter rules — all without the protection of the government or law enforcement, and within a healthcare system that is already not easily accessible to them. Like people of colour and those already facing systemic poverty, sex workers are one of the more overlooked subpopulations to be at an increased risk of contracting COVID With a dip in demand for services, and no salary or benefits, any talk of a safety net is nonexistent.
With sex work still criminalized in Canada, and there being a considerable stigma around it, many sex workers have felt too afraid to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit CERB and share banking information.
The low-barrier clinic has not required a legal name, formal ID, proof of status or address, and is also offering private clinics in more discreet locations upon request. The organization also offers free mental health support, bi-weekly FoodShare Toronto food boxes and legal support.
Improvisation and technology But the show must go on, and has driven many workers to the safety of the internet — even as the government has fought it with FOSTA-SESTAa pair of bills ed into law by President Donald Trump before his reign came to an end. Craigslist, Reddit can be held responsible if sex work are posted — even if consensually.
And yes, that also means it impacts Canadians, as many of them also rely on the same services, including Back, an adult services ad site. Many sex workers have improvised, through custom content creation, live-cam shows, subscription services, paid sexting, phone sex, the list goes on.
It even holds life-drawing sessions — where entertainers pose for art — featuring BIPOC sex workers who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and discriminated against in the sex industry. Werhun also extols the value of online platforms in allowing sex workers to continue their craft, despite a pandemic that has plagued many businesses with uncertainty. Decriminalization and stigma Decriminalization will help not only make sex work safer, but it will also reduce stigma.
Other hopeful changes include classifying strippers as employees over independent contractors, Jade points out, as they do often work on shifts and submit to a host of other employment-based rules. This new classification would grant them greater physical safety and work safety in terms of benefits, sick pay, and termination notice.
She also hopes that Toronto will review its zoning laws and licensing around strip clubs. Current policies make it easy to close clubs, but very difficult or impossible to obtain new s for new venues.
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Jade also points to technology as a harbinger of a new way of thinking about sex workers and what they do for a living. Due to the pandemic, Jade is also now more selective when it comes to clients, does not accept last minute bookings and charges a premium for working during this time and potentially interacting with maskless, unvaccinated people.
But these boundaries also come at a cost of lost clientele.
What forces sex workers into dangerous situations, she says, is a lethal mix of financial precarity and criminalization, which discourages workers from seeking protection of law enforcement, even if the simple act of selling a sexual service is legal in the eyes of the law. Werhun also has a few asks of the government.
You want us to stop being sex workers? Give us access to resources. Give us money.
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