Law; Human Rights; Canada; South Africa

Never Innocent Victims:Street Sex Workers in Canadian Print Media

Over the past decade, street sex workers and their families garnered considerable media attention through extensive coverage of disappeared and murdered women in Western Canada. The research presented here examines whether recent media accounts differ from past coverage given that families and friends of disappeared and unaccounted for women inserted themselves into media discussions and circulated alternative readings of their stories.

Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

In most countries, the concept of sex workers’ human rights has been unthinkable for the last few millennia. As Bubbles, the co-founder of the blog Tits and Sass, has observed, “Sex workers are generally portrayed as victims or punchlines.” Recent political developments, however, suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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