Perspectives and information in support of Canada adopting the Nordic Model to address prostitution
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M.PAULUS : Out of Control. On liberties and criminal developments in the redlight districts of the Federal Republic of Germany. Publié le 2014/05/06 par resources prostitution
By Manfred Paulus, retired detective chief superintendent, Ulm/Danube, June 2013
Open letter calls for Nordic approach to prostitution in Canada
by Staff, Straight.com, Apr 23, 2014
Prostitution laws should follow Nordic model, former sex trade worker says
Activist tells Calgary panel discussion Ottawa's new legislation should criminalize the users CBC News, Feb 28, 2014
Province urges feds to use Nordic model on sex trade Targets pimps, johns rather than workers by Mary Agnes Welch, Winnipeg Free Press, 02/15/2014
French go Nordic on prostitution: new report explains why Australia should be next
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia 2 Dec 2013
Feminist Current 10 myths about prostitution, trafficking and the Nordic model
by Meagan Tyler, Dec 8, 2013
Buying sex should be banned in Australia
by Meagan Tyler, The Conversation, 3 December 2013
The Swedish chapter of Amnesty rejects Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalise the purchase of sex acts
At its annual meeting in Malmö this weekend, the Swedish section will adopt a clear position against legalizing the prostitution system.
by Erik Magnusson, May 8, 2014
Former President Jimmy Carter Condemns Amnesty International UK Document “Decriminalization of Sex Work” & AI Position that Pimps and Johns Should Be “Free from Government Interference”
by Robin Morgan, April 30, 2014
London’s Police Chief Promotes ‘Nordic Model’ Following Human Trafficking Pilot Project
London, Ontario, Canada / (CFPL AM) AM 980
by Natalie Lovie, April 17, 2014
Academics Voice Support for 'Nordic Model' of Prostitution Open Letter
IB TimesBy Hannah Osborne | IB Times – Feb 26, 2014
Uncovered: Shocking investigation reveals sex trade in girls bought in Romania and sold as prostitutes in Britain
Feb 22, 2014 By Matthew Drake
What is the 'Nordic Model'?
Amnesty branches oppose Amnesty International’s sex industry agenda
NORMAC Spokesperson Matthew Holloway May 10, 2014 Tasmania Times
Attacking the demand for child sex trafficking
by Siddharth Kara
REED postcard campaign to support the Nordic Model in Canada "Canada can do better"
April 23rd 2014
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Open letter calls for Nordic approach to prostitution in Canada
by Staff, Straight.com, Apr 23, 2014
Editor's note: The following open letter on the topic of prostitution in Canada has garnered over 800 signatures. It was written in response to another open letter that called for the decriminalization of sex work.
Open letter: 300 researchers call for decriminalization of sex work in Canada
Ottawa eyes Nordic model for prostitution legislation
Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, Leader of the
Conservative Party of Canada,
Mr. Thomas Mulcair, MP, Leader of the Official Opposition, the New
Democratic Party of Canada,
Mr. Justin Trudeau, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada,
Mr. Jean-François Fortin, MP, Interim Leader of the Bloc Québécois,
Ms. Elizabeth May, MP, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
April 23, 2014
Dear Sirs and Madam,
We—the undersigned—are women who work in different capacities to end violence against women and to protect and advance women’s rights to equality. Prostitution is a practice in which women’s subordination to men is inherent and lived out repeatedly. Consequently, we are writing to you today to urge you to support the “Nordic approach” to legislation on prostitution for Canada, because it includes legislation, intensive social supports, and public education strategies, all designed to reduce and eliminate prostitution.
We are aware of the March 27 open letter from the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative at the University of British Columbia (GSHI), which calls for decriminalization of all aspects of prostitution, including buyers and profiteers, on the grounds that this is the only “evidence‑based” policy option.
The use of the term “evidence-based” has become a smear used by those supporting the sex industry to suggest that those who oppose it in the name of women’s equality are arguing from a position of nothing more than anecdote or opinion. The list of signatories implies that only those with formal credentials can “research” or interpret evidence. We reject both of these premises. Evidence about the harms of prostitution is gathered by academic researchers, survivors of prostitution and those working on the front-line. That evidence proves that prostitution is violence against women.
This is not only a dispute about evidence; it is a dispute about goals and principles, and legislators will have to decide carefully which principles they wish to uphold, and which goals they wish to pursue, for women in Canada. The evidence in the same studies and government reports cited in the GHSI letter supports intensive efforts, worldwide, to reduce and eliminate prostitution. All reports and studies on prostitution confirm that, as the Ontario Court of Appeal said in Bedford, “prostitution is inherently dangerous in virtually any circumstance.” Merely attempting to reduce the ancillary dangers of prostitution is an inadequate, and in our view, discriminatory strategy.
The signatories to the GHSI letter believe that prostitution, or ‘sex work’, is sex between consenting adults; that a bright line can be drawn between ‘sex work’ and trafficking and child prostitution; and that a harm reduction strategy is all that is necessary to moderate the worst effects of the commercial sex industry. We believe that prostitution constitutes violence against women because it is a practice of subordination and exploitation that is gendered, raced, and classed; that, as the Supreme Court of Canada found in Bedford, most women cannot be said to choose prostitution, and consequently, in the experience of women, any line between prostitution, trafficking and child prostitution is more artificial than real. Therefore, we believe that a strategy that affirms the human dignity of women and girls is essential and the only approach consistent with Canada’s principles of equality.
A Women’s Equality Framework
First of all, any new approach to prostitution must be set in a women’s equality framework and reflect the fact that equality for women is a fundamental principle of Canadian law, enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and set out in human rights legislation that governs employment and services in all jurisdictions in the country. Prostitution is a social institution that both manifests and embeds the inequality between women and men, perpetuating women’s subordination to men, and their status as sexual commodities for men’s use. In Canada, as elsewhere, men are overwhelmingly buyers and women are the ones being sold. It is not sufficient in the face of these facts to take an approach that might merely reduce the harms that surround prostitution, when prostitution itself is a reinforcement of women’s subordination.
Further, the evidence is clear, including in affidavits filed by both the claimants and the defendants in the Bedford case, that women enter into prostitution because of economic need and profound social disadvantage. As it makes no sense to penalize women for their sexual, social, and economic inequality, we endorse the legislative approach of the Nordic model, that is, to decriminalize those—usually women— who are being bought and sold, but to apply criminal sanctions to buyers, pimps, and those who profit from the sale of women’s bodies. The criminal law by itself is not a solution to the inequality problem that prostitution represents, but it is essential, in our view, that the criminal law convey a clear message about women’s equality in Canada: in this case, the message that men’s purchase of sex is an egregious and impermissible violation of equality rights.
Who is in Prostitution?
Most women in prostitution in Canada are there because of poverty, homelessness, addictions, lack of social supports, racism, and the many harsh impacts of colonialism on Aboriginal communities and families. Aboriginal women and girls are disproportionately represented in street prostitution and among women in prostitution who have been murdered. In British Columbia, as the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP) has documented, Asian women are disproportionately represented in indoor prostitution, in venues such as massage parlours, where they are advertised to clients as ‘exotic.’ Many women enter prostitution as children; many have histories of child sexual abuse. Most say they would leave prostitution if they could.
These are well‑established facts. Prostitution is evidence of, and entrenches, sex, race, and class hierarchies. In the face of this, it is wholly inaccurate to call prostitution sex between consenting adults or to explain women’s presence in prostitution as choice, when the choice of women to be in prostitution, or to leave it, is so heavily constrained. Prostitution for poor, racialized women in Canada cannot be called liberty.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has made a public call for help to stop the buying and pimping of Aboriginal women, and to stop the poverty and abuse that funnels them into prostitution. NWAC has said that its goal is to “end the prostitution of women and girls through legal and public policy measures that recognize the state’s obligations to 1) provide for basic needs and 2) protect women and girls from male violence.”
The Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP) makes the same call. We support NWAC and AWCEP and join our voices to theirs.It is apparent from the facts about women in prostitution that concerted and comprehensive social program intervention is required to prevent women and girls from entering prostitution and to assist them to leave it. Well‑designed interventions by Canada’s governments, with long‑term commitments to address the social and economic disadvantage of women and girls, and particularly of Aboriginal and other racialized women and girls, will be needed, not just piecemeal short‑term exit services, drop‑in centers, or safe houses. Creating conditions that minimize the risk of women entering prostitution, and genuinely helping them to leave it, requires providing women and girls with adequate alternative sources of income, including social assistance sufficient to meet basic needs, adequate housing, access to all levels of education, decent work, child care, and counseling, addiction, and mental health services.
On this point too we find the Nordic model helpful, because it is clear that criminal law, by itself, is not a sufficient solution to the profound inequality that prostitution represents. Genuine programmatic and budgetary commitments by governments are also necessary to address the deeply rooted social and economic disadvantages of women and the history of sexism, racism, and colonialism that underlie prostitution.
Why Canada Should Not Legalize Buying, Pimping and Profiting
Legalizing or decriminalizing prostitution has been tried in the Netherlands, Germany, the state of Nevada, some states in Australia, and New Zealand. Such an approach means that governments and societies accept that there is an underclass of women (defined by some combination of poverty, race and addiction) who can continue to be exploited in prostitution, even though prostitution is inherently an institution of sex inequality and violence. We do not agree that prostitution is acceptable for any women, or that the goal of equality between women and men can be abandoned for some women.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) flatly rejects the prospect of indoor prostitution in legalized brothels as an advance for Aboriginal women and girls. They point out that Aboriginal women and girls who are in street prostitution are unlikely to move indoors because poverty and racism keep them in the most dangerous forms of prostitution. Even if this were not the case, NWAC finds that, over time, Aboriginal women and girls have been shifted from institution to institution by settler governments—residential schools, group homes, prisons. The brothel appears to be the most recent institution that is considered better and safer for Aboriginal women. But this is not equality for Aboriginal women and girls. As AWCEP knows from the experience of its members, indoor prostitution is no answer; it merely puts hard walls around the inequality of poor and racialized women, and leaves it unchanged.
Further, legalization and decriminalization, as an approach, renders the men who are buyers, pimps, and prostitution entrepreneurs invisible; their activities become protected, legal, and normalized.
We believe that this is a wrong approach: men must be held accountable when they subordinate and exploit women. Equality for women cannot be achieved in Canada if we are unwilling to engage with the cruel reality that men exploit women in prostitution. Even within the limited goal that legalization sets for itself – i.e., to reduce the harms that surround prostitution – the evidence does not show that it has succeeded. The most recent comprehensive study of prostitution and trafficking in one hundred and fifty countries finds that countries that have legalized prostitution show an increased inflow of trafficked persons, and growth in the size of the prostitution industry. Government reports from Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand say that street prostitution persists, and that there is little improvement in the conditions of women in prostitution. The violence inherent in prostitution is accepted by legalization, and the violence regularly associated with prostitution does not disappear.
In addition, what is legalized and normalized is not just individual prostitution transactions, but the prostitution industry. It not only becomes legal for individual men to purchase access to women’s bodies, but also legal to own and run a business that sells access to women’s bodies, or for employers in isolated work locations to provide men access to women for sex as an aspect of employment. For Canada to take this step would be both dangerous and discriminatory.
Where Should Canada Stand?
Canada has a history of commitment to women’s equality, to racial equality, and to vigorous social programs as a means of creating a more egalitarian society in which the basic needs of all Canadians are met. In addition the rights of Aboriginal peoples, and of Aboriginal women to live free from violence, are set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, recently endorsed by Canada. Consistent with Canada’s long‑standing commitments to equality, we urge you now to support a Nordic‑model approach to new legislative, programmatic, and public education strategies to reduce and eliminate prostitution in Canada.
We do not accept prostitution as a solution to women’s poverty; we want something much better for Canada’s poor and racialized women and girls. We believe you do too, and we urge you to act on your commitments to women and to an egalitarian Canada.
List of Signatories
Hamai Abdiwahabu - Bénévole GAP, Chateauguay, QC, Canada
Saadatou Abdoulkarim - Militante féministe, QC, Canada
Esohe Aghatise - Executive Director, Associazione Iroko Onlus,
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Torino, Italy
Ti-Grace Atkinson - Radical feminist, Cambridge, MA, United States
Michele Audette – President, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Cenen M. Bagon - Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights, Vancouver, BC, Cana
Jane Bailey - B.A.S., M.I.R., LL.B., LL.M. Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Grace Balbutin - Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Sheila Ballantyne - PhD candidate, Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kat Banyard - UK Feminista, United Kingdom
Trisha Baptie - Formerly Exploited Voices Now Educating, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kathleen Barry - Ph.D. Sociologist, Professor Emerita, Author of: Female Sexual Slavery and Prostitution of Sexuality: Global Exploitation of Women, United States
Suzanne Baustad - Immigration and Refugee Law Paralegal, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Professor Louise Bélanger Hardy LL.B., LL.M. – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Ijose Aghatise - Ospedale Amedeo di Savoia, Turin, Italy
Roseline Iroghama Aghatise - Iroko Charity Organisation, Nigeria
Isoken Aikpitanyi - Sex Trafficking Survivor and co founder of Associazione Ragazze di Benin City, Italy
Dr. Ochuko Ajari - Boston, MA, United States
Soerette Alexandre - Mémorante en linguistique, Militante féministe, Haïti
Geneviève Allard - Scientfique en environnement, Rimouski, QC, Canada
Jess Alley - TDEV Concordia University, Montreal QC, Canada
Gwendoline Allison - Foy Allison Law Group, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gisèle Ampleman - Membre du comité québécois de conscientisation, QC, Canada
Rachel Ariey-Jouglard - Gatineau, QC, Canada
Margaretha Aronson - Member of Fredrika Bremer Förbundet, Sweden
Association Femmes pour le Dire, Femmes pour Agir, France
Gertrud Åström - President, the Swedish Women's Lobby
Kelsey Atkinson - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nancy Aubé - Intervenante, Rouyn-Noranda, PQ, Canada
Professor Constance Backhouse - B.A., LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. (HonsLSUC), LL.D. (Hons U Man), Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Roxanne Badger - Bénévole GAP, Chateaugay, QC, Canada
Iliana Balabanova-Stoicheva - Coordinator of Bulgarian Women's Lobby, Bulgaria
Ilaria Baldini - Resistenza femminista, Italy
Gabriela Delgado Ballesteros - Investigadora, Programa Universitario Derechos Humanos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Ixtlan Pax Ballesteros - Azusa, CA, United States
Jose Krisanto Ballesteros - Manila, Philippines
Pauline Ballesteros - Azusa, CA, United States
Paula Barber - Toronto, ON, Canada
Pauline Baril - Montréal, QC, Canada
Sharon Barnes - Student, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cassandra Barnaby - Reception, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Claudette Bastien - Présidente du Comité d’action contre la traite humaine interne et internationale, Infirmière semi-retraitée, Montréal, QC, Canada
Brigitte Martel Baussant - Secrétaire générale de la Coordination française pour le lobby européen des femmes
Rosalyn Baxandall - Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, SUNY, Old Westbury (now CUNY Labor School), NY, United States
Rose Beatty - Member of University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Huguette Beauchamp, S.M. - Travailleuse sociale retraitée mais secrétaire au conseil général des srs. De miséricorde, QC, Canada
Julie Béchard - Centre Passerelle, Timmins, ON, Canada
Carole Bédard - QC, Canada
Hélène Bédard - QC, Canada
Louise Bégin - Montréal, QC, Canada
Claire Bélanger - Saint-Nicolas, QC, Canada
Josée Bélisle - Intervenante communautaire, Amos, QC, Canada
Janine Benedet - LLB, LLM, SJD, Associate professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sophie Bennett - UK Feminista, United Kingdon
Christine Bickson - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Taina Bien Aime - Executive Director, Coalition Against the Trafficking in Women
Geneva Biggers - Women’s peer support group member, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Rebecca Bishop - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cécile Bisson – QC, Canada
Mary-Lee Bouma - Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity (REED), Vancouver, BC,
Axelle Beniey - coordinatrice de projet, Guadeloupe
Annette Benoit - Montréal, QC, Canada
Josée Benoit - survivante et militante, Malartic, QC, Canada
Sarah Benson - Chief Executive Officer, Ruhama: Frontline service to women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, Ireland
Summer-Rain Bentham - Squamish Nation, Front line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Kristen Berg - Equality Now, New York, NY, United States
Samantha Berg - Journalist and organizer, Johnstompers.com, Portland, OR, United States
Marina Bergadano - Law Offices, Marina Bergadano & Co., Turin, Italy
Catie Bergeron – intervenante, CALACS, Charlevoix, QC, Canada
Jocelyne Bernatchez - Directrice des ventes, Amos, QC, Canada
Nicole Bernier - Animatrice provinciale, QC, Canada
Helene Berry - RN, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Julie Bindel - Journalist, author and feminist campaigner, United Kingdom
Lucie Bilodeau - Aide-jardinière, Ste-Christine, QC, Canada
Francine Blais - Retraitée en Service social et à mi-temps, coordonnatrice des Ami-e-s de la Famille Internationale de la Miséricorde, Montréal, QC, Canada
Nadine Blais - Enseignante au cégep de l'Outaouais, Travailleuse sociale de formation (niveau maitrise), Gatineau, QC, Canada
Stassy Blais - Étudiante en technique de travail social, Amos, QC, Canada
Annie Blouin - Intervenante sociale au CALACS, Granby, QC, Canada
Linda Boisclair - Responsable du comité de la condition féminine du Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain-CSN, Longueuil, QC, Canada
Pierrette Boissé - Responsable du dossier sur la traite humaine à la Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Montréal, QC, Canada
Gabrielle Boissonneault - Intervenante, Rouyn-Noranda, PQ, Canada
Annick Boissonneault - travailleuse sociale, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Sophie Bolduc - Stagiaire au CALCS de Chateauguay, Montréal, QC, Canada=
Antonia Bonito - Turin Municipality Police Force, Turin, Italy
Bernard Bosc - Réseau féministe “Ruptures”, QC, Canada
Claudia Bouchard - travaille au quotidien avec des femmes qui ont été dans la prostitution, Montréal, QC, Canada
Diane Bouchard - Retraitée, Charlevoix, QC, Canada
France Boucher - Avocate et chargée de cours à l’UQAM, Montréal, QC, Canada
Boucher, Mahara - ASETS Adminstrative Assistant, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Nadjet Bouda - Responsable administrative à la Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle, Étudiante à la maitrise en science politique à l’UQAM, Montréal, QC, Canada
Claudie Bougon-Guibert - Conseil national des femmes françaises
Carole Boulebsol - Sociologue Ma., Montréal, QC, Canada
Ginette Bourdon - Infirmière retraitée, Brossard, QC, Canada
Jeannine Bourget - Animatrice, Montréal, QC, Canada
Nadine Bouteilly-Dupont - President, Libres Mariannes, LMS, Member of the European Women Lobby
Lise Bouvet - Gender Studies Researcher, Switzerland
Susan B. Boyd - F.R.S.C. Professor, Chair in Feminist Legal Studies Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Christine Boyle - Professor Emeritus States, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Valérie Brancquart - Québec, QC, Canada
Elizabeth Briemberg - Retired Supreme Court of BC Family Conciliator, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Pascale Brosseau - Intervenante, Lévis, QC, Canada
Twiss Butler - Member Abolish Prostitution Now Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW International), National Organization for Women, United States
Serena Caldarone - Resistenza Femminista, Italy
Annie Campbell - Director, Women’s Aid Federation, Northern Ireland
Chiara Carpita - Resistenza femminista, Italy
Francesca Carpita - Italy
Melina Caudo - Executive Director, Associazione Progettarsì, Turin, Italy
Martha Centola - Vice President, Associazione Iroko Onlus, Turin, Italy
Karen Cody - President of the Board of Directors for The Organization for Prostitution Survivors, Seattle, WA, United States
Mylène Collin - Intervenante, Québec, QC, Canada
Jennifer Conkie - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Lynda Coplin - retired teacher, Surrey, BC, Canada
Kelly Coulter - Drug Policy Advocate, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Larissa Crack - Northern Women's Connection, Canada
Mary DeFusco - Esq. Director of Training and Recruitment, Defender Association of Philadelphia, United States
Anastasia DeRosa - Front line crisis worker, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Francine Descarries - Ph.D, Professeure et Directrice scientifique du Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF) UQAM, Montreal, QC, Canada
Tamar Dina - Music Liberatory, Halifax, NS, Canada
Dr. Gail Dines - Professor of Sociology, Wheelock College, Boston, MA, United States
Caryn Duncan - MA, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Catherine Dunne - Act to Prevent Trafficking, Ireland
Anna Edman - Sweden
Teresa Edwards - B.A., JD. Director, International Affairs and Human Rights, In-House Legal Counsel, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Gunilla S. Ekberg - Former special advisor on prostitution and human trafficking to the Swedish government, human rights lawyer, Canada and Sweden
Fiona Elvines - Operations Coordinator, Rape & Sexual Support Centre Croydon, UK
Jimena Eyzaguirre - M.Sc., M.R.M. Senior Climate Change Specialist, ESSA Technologies Ltd. Ottawa Chapter Co-chair, Canada-Mathare Education Trust
Melissa Farley - Ph.D., Prostitution Research & Education, San Francisco, CA, United States
Colleen Fuller - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Professor Karen Boyle - Chair in Feminist Media Studies, University of Stirling, UK
Easton Branam - Seattle, WA, United States
Chantal Brassard - Intervenante sociale au CALACS, Granby, QC, Canada
Marie-Claude Brault - QC, Canada
Annick Brazeau - Travailleuse sociale, Baccalauréat en travail social, Diplôme d’études collégiales en techniques policières, Certificat universitaire en développement international, Étudiante à la maîtrise en travail social
Hélène Brazeau - Professeure au cégep de l'Outaouais, Maîtrise en psychoéducation de l'UQO, Cantley, QC, Canada
Cathy Brennan - Gender Identity Watch, United States
Janie Breton - Féministe, QC, Canada
Judith Bridge - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dr. Gwen Brodsky - LLB, LLm, PhD, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
Cleta Brown - LLB, LLM, member of University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kimberly Brown - Equality Now, Nairobi, Kenya
Nancy Brown - SC, OBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Alma Bulawan - President, BUKLOD Survivors' Group, Olongapo, Philippines
Autumn Burris - Survivors for Solutions, United States
Dr. Shauna Butterwick - Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Elizabeth Cahill - St John’s, NL, Canada
Laure Caille - General Secretary, Libres Mariannes, LMS, Member of the European Women Lobby
Tulsi Callichum - Bénévole GAP, Chateauguay, QC, Canada
Callie Fleeger – Student, Talent, OR, United States
Associate Professor Angela Cameron BA, LLB, LLM, PhD – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Laura Capuzzo - Gruppo Femminile Plurale, Italy
Marie-Josée Carbonneau - Agente de sécurité, Amos, QC, Canada
Elda Carly - Équipes d'Action Contre le Proxénétisme, Paris, France
Chantale Caron - Agricultrice, St-Roch-de-Richelieu, QC, Canada
Carole Cayer – Intervenante, CALACS de Chateauguay, Mercier, QC, Canada
Ida Centola - Avigliana, Italy
Pat Cervelli - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tuolumne, CA, United States
Gaétane Chabot - Saint-Laurent-de-l’île-d'Orléans, QC, Canada
Maude Chalvin - Chargée de projet intersectionnalité et agente de communication RQCALACS, Montréal, PQ, Canada
Yuly Chan - Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Jaclyn Chang - MA, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Elaine Charkowski – United States
Emmanuelle Charlebois - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Ottawa, ON, Canada
Alexandra Charles - Ordförande, Stockholm, Sweden
Vanessa Chase - Board Member, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Christiana Cheng - PhD, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gaétane Chénier - Intervenante communautaire, Amos, QC, Canada
Missy Chirprin - Radio Host/Producer, United States.
Youngsook Cho - Korean Women's Association United, South Korea
Jomini Chu - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kim Chu - University of Calgary Nursing, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
Mélanie Clément - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Ottawa, ON, Canada
Christina Clément - femme, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Conseil national des femmes françaises
Coordination française pour le lobby européen des femmes
Jeannine Cornellier - SNJM, Association des religieuses pour les Droits des femmes, Montréal, QC, Canada
Luce Côté - Montréal, QC, Canada
Madeleine Côté - Montréal, QC, Canada
Véronique Couillard – Intervenante, CALACS Charlevoix, Charlevoix, PQ, Canada
Dr. Maddy Coy - Reader in Sexual Exploitation and Gender Equality, London Metropolitan University, UK
Annie Crepin - France
Maisie Faith J. Dagapioso - Woman Health Philippines, Zamboanga City
Madeleine Dagenais - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Ottawa, ON, Canada
Octavia Dahl - United States
Florence Daigneault - Montréal, QC, Canada
Lucie Daigneault - Comptable à l'administration locale de la Maison mère des Soeurs de Miséricorde, Laval, QC, Canada
Mathilde Darton - Intervenante, Rouyn-Noranda, QC, Canada
Mélissa Dauphin - Artiste engagée, Montréal, QC, Canada
Jo-Anne David - Centre Colibri, Barrie, ON, Canada
Stephanie Davies-Arai – United Kingdom.
Shelagh Day - CM, Director, Poverty and Human Rights Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Docteure Michèle Dayras - présidente de SOS sexisme, France
Aurora Javate De Dios - Executive Director, Women and Gender Institute, Miriam College, Philippines
Blathnaid de Faoite - Daughter of a survivor of prostitution, Ireland
Mia de Faoite - Survivor of Prostitution & Philosophy student at The National University of Ireland, Ireland
Yolande de La Bruère - Montréal, QC, Canada
Veronica DeLorme - BA, MA, Retired, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Yvette Delorme - Montréal, QC, Canada
Theresa Delory – QC, Canada
Christiane Delteil - Présidente d'honneur du CIDFF 34, Membre du CT de l'Amicale du Nid "La babotte", Montpellier, France
Line Demers - Adjointe administrative, Diplôme de commis-comptable, Maison d’hébergement pour elles des Deux Vallées, QC, Canada
Kim Deniger - Policière, DEC en Techniques Policières, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Amelia Denny-Keys - Student, Langley, BC, Canada
Linda Denny - MSW, RSW, Langley, BC, Canada
Annie Denoncourt - Criminologue, Intervenante jeunesse, Ste-Brigitte-des-Saults, QC, Canada
Claire Desaint - Vice-President, Réussir l'égalité femmes-hommes, France=
Lise Desrochers - Éducatrice retraitée, Ville de Québec, QC, Canada
Carmen Dion - Intervenante, Rouyn-Noranda, QC, Canada
Françoise Dion - Donnacona, QC, Canada
Christine Dionne - Employée du gouvernement du Canada - école de la fonction du Canada, Spécialiste en apprentissage et en développement, Baccalauréat en éducacion de l'anglais langue seconde de l'UQAM, Diplôme d'éducation aux adultes du Collège de Vancouver, Diplôme de business administration du Collège de Kingston, ON, Canada
Dr. Peggy Dobbins - Port Lavaca, TX, United States
Winifred Doherty - Good Shepherd Sister and NGO representative to the United Nations
Isabelle Dostie, intervenante CALACS, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Francine Doucette - Secrétaire et aussi amie dans la famille internationale de la miséricorde, St-Eustache, QC, Canada
Siméon Doucette - Retraité de la compagnie Bell canada et ami dans la fam. Int. De la miséricorde, St-Eustache, QC, Canada
Jennifer Drew - Consultant to Scottish Women Against Pornography, United Kingdom
Marie Drouin - Militante et survivante de la prostitution, Montréal, QC, Canada
Laurie Drummond - Member of University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kim Dubé - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Ottawa, ON, Canada
Geneviève Duché - présidente de l’Amicale du Nid, France
Micheline Dufour - Retraitée, Charlevoix, PQ, Canada
Rose Dufour - Anthropologue, Directrice générale et fondatrice de la Maison De Marthe, QC, Canada
Caroline Dufresne - intervenante CALACS, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Nathalie Duhamel - Coordonnatrice RQCALACS, Montréal, PQ, Canada
Monique Dumais - O.S.U., Coordonnatrice pour l'association des religieuses pour les
Droits des femmes, ARDF
Claudette Dumont-Smith - Executive Director, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Lyne Duplain - Intervenante CALACS Charlevoix, Charlevoix, PQ, Canada
Arianne Duplessis - Montréal, QC, Canada
Genevieve Dupuis - Travailleuse sociale CALACS de l’Outaouais, BAC en travail social, Aylmer, QC, Canada
Ilaria Durigon - Gruppo Femminile Plurale, Italy
Lotte Kristine Dysted - Praktikant hos Danners videncenter, NGO Danner, Denmark=
Eaves For Women, United Kingdom
Dele Edokpayi - Esq., Dele Edokpayi and Co Law Chambers, Benin City, Nigeria
F. Elodie Ekobena - Agente de pastorale sociale Villeray, Montréal, QC, Canada
Vera Chigbufue Elue - Legal Counsel, Chicago Municipality Law Office, Chicago, United States
Jean Enriquez - Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Asia Pacific
Priscilla Eppinger - Associate Professor of Religion, Chairperson of the Peace Studies Committee at Graceland University, United States
Carla Francesca Erie - Linguiste, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Professor Maria Eriksson - Professor of Social Work, School for Health, Care, and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Dr. Elizabeth Evans - Lecturer in Politics, University of Bristol, UK
Natasha Falle - SEXTRADE101, ON, Canada
Danielle Fay - BAA, Thérapeute en santé globale et naturelle, St-Alfred, QC, Canada
Madeleine Ferland - Criminologue, Cowansville, QC, Canada
Elizabetta Ferrero - Turin, Italy
Suzanna Finley - Equality Now, New York, NY, United States
Mia Finn - Mother, Langley, BC, Canada
Jean Fong – Frontline anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Janick Fontaine - Intervenante sensibilisation, Technicienne en travail social, Thurso, QC, Canada
Suzanne Fortier - militante, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Mireille Fortin - Montréal, QC, Canada
Nicole Fortin - Retraitée, Charlevoix, PQ, Canada
Valérie Fortin - infirmière clinicienne, Brossard, QC, Canada
Nicole Fouché - Présidente de Réussir l'égalité femmes-hommes, Cherchs associée, CNRS, Céna-mascipo-EHESS, Paris, France
Isabelle Fournier – Intervenante, CALACS de Rimouski, Rimouski, QC, Canada
Monique Fournier - Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC, Canada
Lindsey Fox – Victoria, BC, Canada
Kirsty Foy - Foy Allison Law Group, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Maggie Fredette - Coordonnatrice intervention CALACS, Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada
Frappier, Julie - travailleuse CALACS, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Lina Fucà - Turin, Italy
Carolyne Gagné - Professeur, Granby, QC, Canada
Émilie Gagnon - Infographe, Valleyfield, QC, Canada
Gabrielle Gagnon - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Jocelyne Gagnon - Retraitée, Charlevoix, PQ, Canada
Marielle Gagnon - Montréal, QC, Canada
Mariette Gagnon - Montréal, QC, Canada
Michèle Garceau - Citoyenne, Lachine, QC, Canada
Joane Garon - Intervenante CALACS de Rimouski, Rimouski, QC, Canada
Elizabeth Gautchi - Med, member of University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Chantal Gauthier - Auxilière aux familles à domicile, Montréal, QC, Canada
Noga Gayle - PhD, member of University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Angela Gbemisola – United Kingdom
Yolande Geadah - Author, Montreal, QC, Canada
Associate Professor Daphne Gilbert BA, LLB, LLM – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Rosanna Giorgietti - Italy
Catriona Gold - Executive Member CUPE 2278, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Leah Gruenpeter Gold - PhD Philosophy Dept. Tel Aviv University, Israel
Tamara Gorin - Port Moody, BC, Canada
Samantha Grey - Front line anti-violence worker, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Associate Professor Vanessa Gruben B.Sc.H, LLB, LLM – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Jacqueline Gullion - MA, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Irit Hakim - Safe World for Women, United Kingdom, Correspondent in Israel
Carol Hanisch - Editor, MeetingGroundOnLine.org, Ellenville, NY, United States
Hanne Helth - Board Member, Danish Women's Society, Copenhagen, Denmark
Terrie Hendrickson - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mary Honeyball - Member of the European Parliament, United Kingdom
Donna M. Hughes - B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor & Carlson Endowed Chair, Gender & Women's Studies Program, University of Rhode Island, United States
Ghada Jabbour - KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, Lebanon
Professor Martha Jackman - LL.B., LL.M., L.S.M. Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, ON, Canada
Lone Alice Johansen - Head of Information, The Secretariat of the Shelter Movement, Oslo, Norway
Hedwig Johl - NGO in special consultative status with ECOSOC, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
Guðrún Jónsdóttir - talskona Stígamóta, Stígamótum, Reykjavík, Iceland
Helen Kelsey - Status of Women Committee, Surrey Teachers Association, Surrey, BC, Canada
Hilla Kerner - Front line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Jennifer Kim - BA Philosophy, Vancouver, BC, CanadA
Daisy Kler - Front line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, BC, Canada
Patsy Kolesar - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Katherine B. Lawrence - J.D. Member, Board of Directors, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jessica Lee - Front-line Crisis Worker, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dorchen A. Leidholdt - Director, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services, Sanctuary for Families, New York
Marissa Lorenz - Colorado, United States
Laura L. Lovett - Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, United States
Brenda Lucke - RN, BSN, BA, GNC(C), Langley, BC, Canada
Ilaria Maccaroni - Resistenza femminista, Italy
Ainsley MacGregor - Front-line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, BC, Canada
Grace Malkihara - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Malka Marcovich - Historian and feminist writer, International consultant, Paris, France
Ane Mathieson - Fulbright Fellow & Staff with the Organization for Prostitution Survivors, Seattle, Unites States
Philippe Mayer - Géomaticien, Montréal, PQ, Canada
Paola Mazzei - Resistenza femminista, Italy
Geraldine McCarthy - Act to Prevent Trafficking, Ireland
Annie McCombs – Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Maureen McGowan – New York, NY, United States
Sheila McIntyre - Retired Professor of Law, University of Ottawa; specializing in Constitutional and Human Rights Law, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Nancy J. Meyer - Hyattsville, MD, United States
Ashley Milbury – MA, Front line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Michelle Miller - DMin, Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kathy Miriam - PhD, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Adrienne Montani - Child Rights Advocate, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Michele Morek - PhD. UNANIMA International Inc. an ECOSOC-accredited NGO of the United Nations
Dr. Helen Mott - Bristol Fawcett, United Kingdom
Meghan Murphy - Journalist, Canada
Ana Maria R. Nemenzo - National Coordinator, Woman Health Philippines
Clare Nolan - Srs of the Good Shepherd, New York, NY, United States
Celia Nord - Archaeologist, Lee Creek, BC, Canada
Aibhlín O’Leary - Anti-Trafficking Project Coordinator Immigrant Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Catherine Olivier - Enseignante au collegial, Montréal, PQ, Canada
Sonia Ossorio - President, National Organization for Women, New York, NY, United States
Marie-Noël Paradis - Intervenante, Québec, PQ, Canada
María Paredes - Student, Vancouver, BC, Canada
So Eyun Park - BMLSc., Burnaby, BC, Canada
Maggie Parks - Chief Executive, Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Cornwall, UK
Niovi Patsicakis - B.Ed, M.Ed., Special Education Consultant, SENG-trained facilitator, Canada
Dr. Jenny Petrak – MSc, PsychD
Heidi Petrak - Msc. Nursing Professor, BC, Canada
Kathleen Piovesan – Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, United States
Dianne Post - Attorney, Phoenix Women Take Back the Night, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Brittney Powell - Feminist, BA, Nelson, BC, Canada
Dr. Helen Pringle - School of Social Sciences UNSW, Sydney, Australia
Chanelle Ram - Feminist nursing student, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Janice G. Raymond - Professor Emerita of Women's Studies and Medical Ethics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, United States
Yasmin Rehman - Women's rights campaigner, member of the End Violence Against Women Coalition Board, UK
Sanda Rodgers - Emeritus Professor, University of Ottawa, ON, Canada
Nina Rose, MD - Vice President, Swedish Medical Women's Association, Sweden
Isabelle Rouillard - Intervenante, QC, Canada
Marion Runcie - Vancouver BC, Canada
Louisa Russell - Front-line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, BC, Canada
Persia Rutchinski - Sydney, Australia
Susanne Rutchinski - BA, graphic designer, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Valentina S., - Resistenza femminista, Italy
Peggy Sakow - Founding Co-Chair and Member, Temple Committee Against Human
Trafficking, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal, QC, Canada
Julieta Montaño Salvatierra - Abogada, Directora de la Oficina Jurídica Para la Mujer
Yolanda Sanchez-Contreras - Communications Coordinator GSIJP Office Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (An NGO in special consultative status with ECOSOC, UN)
Aida F. Santos-Maranan - President & Executive Director, Board of Trustees Consultant on Gender, Development, Human Rights, Philippines
Emma Scott - Director, Rights of Women, London, UK
Amy Sebes - Founder, Association of Albanian Girls and Women (AAGW), Albania
Brittney Sharma - Activist, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Idit Harel Shemesh - Machon Toda'a Awareness Center, Israel
Sr. Terry Shields - MSHR President, Dawn's Place, Philadelphia, United States
Associate Professor Penelope Simons – BA, LLB, LLM, PhD, Honours: Human Security Fellow 2002-2004 Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
Ann Simonton - Media Watch, United States
Stephanie-Grace Skrobisz - Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Cherry Smiley - Nlaka’pamux/Thompson and Dine’/Navajo Nations, co-founder of Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry, BC, Canada
Keira Smith-Tague - Front line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Linnea W. Smith - MD, North Carolina, United States
Silvia Elida Ortiz Solis - Representante del Grupo Civil VI.D.A, Torreon, Mexico
Lisa Sparrow - Skowkale First Nation, Front-line anti-violence worker Chilliwack, BC, Canada
Emily Spence - BA, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ivana Stazio – Italy
Lisa Steacy - BA, front-line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, BC, Canada
Terrie Strange - Organizing for Women’s Liberation, Yuma, AZ, United States
Katie Streibel - Transition House Worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, BC, Canada
Annie Sugier - President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes, Paris, France
Eun Soon Suh - Burnaby, BC, Canada
Eva-Britt Svensson - former Member of the European Parliament, Sweden
Monina Geaga - Secretary-General, SARILAYA, Philippines
Jenny Geng - Burnaby, BC, Canada
Mylène Geoffroy - Intervenante communautaire, Saint-Jean-de-Matha, QC, Canada
Carol Giardina - Asst Professor, History Dept. Queens College, NY, United States
Lucia Giffi - Turin, Italy
Lise Giguère - QC, Canada
Marcella Gilardoni - Gilardoni Law Offices, Turin, Italy
Dr. Aisha K. Gill - Reader in Criminology, University of Roehampton, UK
Marie-Chanel Gillier – New Delhi, India
Jay Ginn - Older Feminists Network, United Kingdom
France Giroux - Coiffeuse, Granby, QC, Canada
Phyllis Giroux - S.C., M.A.(J), Kelowna, BC, Canada
Irene Goodwin - Director, Evidence to Action, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Sonya Grenier - intervenante CALACS, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Leanore Gough - Front line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Francine Gravel - Réceptioniste à l'Infirmerie de la Maison mère des Soeurs de Miséricorde, Terrebonne, QC, Canada
Arlana Green - Victim Services Support worker, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Élaine Grisé - Montréal, QC, Canada
Catherine Guay-Quirion - Étudiante universitaire à temps plein, Amos, QC, Canada
Julie Guibord – Intervenante, CALACS de Chateauguay, Valleyfield, QC, Canada
Joana Guillaume - Professeure de philosophie, Études juridiques, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Susanna Gulin - Finland
Bernadette Gullion - Educator, BC, Canada
Czarina M. Gutierrez - B.A., BC, Canada
Francine Hamel - Retraitée, Diplômes de Maîtrise en littérature et Maîtrise en éducation (counselling de carrière), QC, Canada
Nicole Hamel – coordonnatrice, CALACS, Lac-à-la-Tortue, PQ, Canada
Joyce Harris - Chair Sisters of St. Ann B. C. Social Justice Committee, BC, Canada
Jayme Hass - Junior Policy Analyst / Researcher, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Arnprior, ON
Karah Hawkins - Victim Advocate CEASE, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Katherine Hébert-Metthé - Consultante sur l'hypersexualisation, Montréal, QC, Canada
Orla Hegarty – NL, Canada
Cathryn Henley - President, Canadian Federation of University Women Cranbrook Club, Cranbrook, BC, Canada
Céline Héon - Montréal, QC, Canada
Loralie Hettler – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Christine Honor - Australia
Myriam Houde - Criminologue au Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Bernett Huang - Archival Studies, Fu Ren University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jade Hudon - QC, Canada
Charlotta Huldt-Ramberg - Member of the board or the UN Women National Committee, Sweden
Jacqui Hunt - Equality Now, London, United Kingdom
Patricia Hynes - Retired Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University and Director, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Greenfield, MA, United States
Valentina Iamotti - Resistenza femminista, Italy
Chantal Ismé - Organisatrice communautaire à la Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle, Montréal, QC, Canada
Cynthia Jacques - Intervenante, Rouyn-Noranda, PQ, Canada
Suzanne Jay - MA, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Patricia Jean - Linguiste, Féministe, Haïti
Rhéa Jean - Ph. D in Philosophy (Laval University), Postdoctoral fellow at the
University of Luxembourg
Kimberly Jerome - Bookkeeper, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Sonya Johal - BSc, Surrey, BC, Canada
Natasha Johnson - Graphic Designer, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Valerie Judge - MBA, Management Consultant, Ireland
Justice for Girls, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ludmila Karabaciska - Étudiante à l’Université Concordia, Applied human science, Montréal, QC, Canada
Annpôl Kassis - Paris, France
Soka Handinah Katjasungkana - LBH-Apik, Semarang, Indonesia
Ranjit Kaur - Ex Magistrate, ex-Director of Rights of Women UK, Lawyer, United Kingdom
Roisin Kelly - Ireland
Marilyn Kempf - Équipes d'Action Contre le Proxénétisme, Paris, France
K. Kilbride - Surrey, BC, Canada
Morgan King - Australia
Ann Kirkey – Toronto, ON, Canada
Antonia Kirkland - Equality Now, New York, United States
Dr. Renate Klien - Spinifex Press, Australia
Donée-Maude Kobin - Intervenante, Rouyn-Noranda, PQ, Canada
Donna Christie Kolkey - member of University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Monica Krake - Communications Director, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Izabela Krekora - Manager of fund development, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cathrine Linn Kristiansen – Norway
Leanne Kwan - PharmD, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Renée Labrie - St-Jean-de-l’île-d'Orléans, QC, Canada
Sophie Labrie - Intervenante sociale au CALACS, Bromont, QC, Canada
Maryse Lafleur - QC, Canada
Isabelle Lafontaine - Étudiante au doctorat en travail social à l’Université de Montréal, Auxiliaire de recherche, Intervenante à l’association des familles monoparentales et recomposées de l’Outaouais, Professeure à la cité collégiale aux programmes de techniques de travail social et d’éducation spécialisée, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Judy Lafontaine, intervenante, CALACS, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Allison Laing - BA, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jennifer E. Laing - RN, BScN, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Monique, S.M. Lallier - Supérieure générale de l'Institut des Soeurs de miséricorde de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Lee Lakeman - Women’s rights advocate, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ève Lamont - Réalisatrice, Montréal, QC, Canada
Nancy Langlois - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Ottawa, ON, Canada
Catherine Lapointe - Canada
Ghislaine Laporte - S.N.J.M., QC, Canada
Marai Larasi - MBE, M.A. Executive Director, Imkaan, UK
Marilyn Larocque - R.H.S.J. Kingston, ON, Canada
Myriam Larocque - Intervenante, Étudiante, Montréal, QC, Canada
Trine Porret Randahl Larsen - President, Women’s Council in Denmark (Kvinderådet)
Gemma Laser - Belfast, ME, United States
Widlande Laurol - Linguiste, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Claudia Lavigueur – Intervenante, CALACS de Chateauguay, Ste-Clotilde, QC, Canada
Marie-Josée Lavoie - Secrétaire-administratrice RQCALACS, Montréal, PQ, Canada
Annette Lawson - Chair, the National alliance of Women's Organizations, United Kingdom
M. Paule Lebel - Membre de la coordination du Québec de la marche mondiale des femmes, QC, Canada
Aurélie Lebrun, PhD - QC, Canada
Marie-Paule Lebrun - Montréal, QC, Canada
Brigitte Lechenr - Woman, United Kingdom
Patricia Leclair - Militante, Montréal, QC, Canada
Marie Lecomte - Vice President, Libres Mariannes, LMS, Member of the European Women Lobby
Alice Lee - Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Young Sun Lee - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Éliane Legault-Roy - Responsable des communications à la Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle, Maitrise en science politique, Montréal, QC, Canada
Ronitin Lentin - University Professor, Ireland
Barbara Leon - Watsonville, CA, United States
Carla Lesh - Kingston, NY, United States
Constance Létourneau - Membre du Comité de Montréal contre la traite des personnes, QC, Canada
Guilaine Levesque - Coordonnatrice CALACS, Baie-Comeau, PQ, Canada
Lévesque, Sandra - intervenante CALACS, Val d'Or, QC, Canada
Jacqueline Lewis - Emergency Medical Technician & Front line crisis worker at Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Maureen Lewis – Red Deer, AB, Canada
Raïssa Leyan’Simbi - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Ottawa, ON, Canada
Jytte Lindgaard - Lawyer, member of The Danish National Observatory on Violence Against Women
Linklater, Sheila - Director of Finance, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Pak Ka Liu - Victim Services Medical Support Worker, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Josée Longchamps - Thérapeute, Tingwick, QC, Canada
Letizia Longo - Accountant, Turin, Italy
Lovely Jean Louis - Mémorante en lingUnited Statesitique et en études juridiques, Militante féministe, Haïti
Emma Luke - Occupational Therapist, Australia
Nathalie Lussier - Secrétaire-comptable, Granby, QC, Canada
br/> Linda MacDonald - Persons Against NST, Canada
R. MacKenzie - Feminist campaigner, Scotland
Alison Luke - Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Eliana Maestri - Feminist Group, Birmingham, UK
Dr. Arianna Maffiotti - Turin Local Health Services, Moncalieri (TO), Italy
Sarah M. Mah - BSc, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Sylvie Mantha - Chef Division recherche, développement et stratégie organisationnelle du Service de police de Gatineau, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Maude Marcaurelle - Intervenante sociale, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, QC, Canada
Berthe Marcotte - Montréal, QC, Canada
Louise Marcotte - Survivante, Montréal, QC, Canada
Lorna Martin - Executive Assistant, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Angela Martinez - TTS, Coordonatrice des services d’interventions du Calacs francophone d’Ottawa, ON, Canada
Virginia Martinez - Burnaby, BC, Canada
Annalise Masear-Gough – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kristine Massey - Lecturer in Criminal Psychology, Canterbury Christchurch University, UK
Maureen Master - Human Rights Lawyer, United States
Jade Mathieu - Intervenante CALACS de Chateauguay, St-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada
Andrea Matolcsi - Equality Now, London, UK
Diane Matte - Activiste féministe, Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle, Montréal, QC, Canada
Maria Grazia Mauti - Resistenza femminista, Italy
Paula May - Experte en ressources humaines, Montréal, QC, Canada
Dr. Melanie McCarry - Guild Senior Research Fellow, Connect Centre for International Research on Gender and Harm, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Caitlin McKellar - Board Member, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Myriam Meilleur – Stagiaire, CALACS Chateauguay, QC, Canada
Chiara Melloni - Gruppo Femminile Plurale, Italy
Émilie Mercier-Roy - Survivante de la prostitution et co-fondatrice du Gîte L'Autre porte, Val-d'Or, QC, Canada
Gunhild Mewes - Germany
Jodie Millward - MCP, CCC, Aboriginal Family Counselor, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Suzy Mingus - Accountant, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Shiloh Minor - Teacher, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Phyllis Minsky - Teacher and Aboriginal Advocate, Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Surrey, BC, Canada
Rachel Moran - Founding Member of SPACE International (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment), Ireland
Magdala Moreau - Mémorante en linguistique, Militante féministe, Haïti
Marthe Moreau - Montréal, QC, Canada
Rachael Morgan – Student, Australia
Émilie Morin-Rivest - Intervenante à la maison d'hébergement pour elles des deux vallées, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Julie Charbonneau Morin - Éducatrice spécialisée, Montréal, QC, Canada
Marcelle Morin – QC, Canada
Nathalie Morin - Commis comptable, Amos, QC, Canada
Libby Morrison - United Kingdom
Françoise Morvan - Vice-présidente de la Coordination française pour le lobby européen des femmes
Rebecca Mott - Survivor of indoor prostitution, United Kingdom
Jeanne Françoise Mouè - La Maison, Toronto, ON, Canada
Debs Munn - Refugee Settlement Worker, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Lily Munroe - Women’s rights advocate and abolitionist, Australia
Jeannine Nadeau - Infirmière, Ville de Québec, QC, Canada
Marie-Michelle Nault - Survivante, Montréal, QC, Canada
Amy Nahwegahbow - Senior Policy Analyst/ Researcher, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Frederica Newell - Ireland
Donna-Marie Newfield - Therapist, Canada
Kendra Newman - Heiltsuk Nation, front line anti-violence worker, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Liette Nobert - Montréal, QC, Canada
Jane Norlund – Norway
Dr. Caroline Norma - Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Australia
Ana Novakovic – Front-line anti-violence worker, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Zdenka Novakovic - Burnaby, BC, Canada
Daniella Nunes-Taveira - Intervenante à la maison d'amitié - télécommunications à l'hôpital d'Ottawa, Technique de réadaptation et de justice pénale et présentement à l'université en criminologie, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Dr. Monica O'Connor - Independent Researcher, Ireland
Maura O’Donohue - Doctor, Ireland
Katrin Öberg - Sweden
Lis Ehmer Olesen - Board member of the Women’s Council and The Danish National Observatory on Violence Against Women, Denmark
Maren Ollman - Turin, Italy
Kajsa Olsson – Sweden
Alina Olszewska - Turin, Italy
Blessing Osatohanmwen - Turin, Italy
Oti Anukpe Ovrawah - Director, Nigerian Human Rights Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Angel Love Owens – Perth, Australia
Geneviève Pagé - Phd, Professeure de science politique à l’UQAM, Montréal, QC, Canada
Karina Painchaud - QC, Canada
Celeste Pang - Freelance Bookkeeper, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Monique Paradis - Enseignante retraitée, QC, Canada
Giulia Parm - Turin, Italy
Carla Pastorino - Genova, Italy
Kim Pate – Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Yolaine Paul - Responsable de bibliothèque, Études administratives et comptable, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Sokie Paulin - Glendale, CA, United States
Françoise Pellerin - Montréal, QC, Canada
Gisèle Pellerin - Montréal, QC, Canada
Céline Pelletier - Maison Interlude, Hawkesbury, ON, Canada
Lise Perras - Montréal, QC, Canada
Julie-Anne Perrault - Féministe, Montréal, QC, Canada
Nathalie Perreault - Travailleuse culturelle et féministe (abolitionniste), Montréal, QC, Canada
Bridget Perrier - SexTrade101, ON, Canada
Marisa Perrone - Turin, Italy
Gaëtane Pharand - Centre Victoria, Sudbury, ON, Canada
Jacqueline Picard – QC, Canada
Stéphanie Picard - Intervenante, Rouyn-Noranda, PQ, Canada
Elizabeth A. Pickett - LL.M, ON, Canada
Ellen Pilcher – Activist & Writer, United Kingdom
Candice Pilgrim – Lawyer, Belleville, ON, Canada
Maudy Piot - Présidente de l'Association Femmes Pour le Dire, Femmes pour Agir, France
Marie-Christine Plante - Ph.D. candidate sociology, UQAM, Montreal, QC, Canada
Anne Plourde - Doctorante en science politique UQAM, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, PQ, Canada
Monique Potin - Bibliothécaire et féministe, Val-d’Or, QC, Canada
Claudette Poupart - Retraitée, Boucherville, PQ, Canada
Jalysha Pratap – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Colette Price - Midwife, Feminist, NY, United States
Claudia Quendo - Turin, Italy
Marielle Quenneville - Montréal, QC, Canada
Suzanne Quinn - Réseau femmes sud-ouest, Sarnia, ON, Canada
Claudia Ramirez - Bénévole GAP, Chateauguay, QC, Canada
Sandra Ramos - Founder/Executive Director, Strengthen Our Sisters, Shelter and Advocacy for homeless/battered women and children, NJ, United States
Natalie Ranspot - BA, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jody Raphael - Visiting Professor of Law, Depaul University, United States
Anne Rasmussen - LivaRehab, Denmark
Christelle Raspolini - Présidente du comité Ni putes ni soumises de Guadeloupe, Le gosier, Guadeloupe
Anyta Raymond - Reviseur, Cowansville, QC, Canada
Anber Raz - Equality Now, London, UK
Sarah Mélodie Razafintsehere - Bénévole GAP, Chateauguay, QC, Canada
Jennifer Reed - Rain and Thunder Collective, MA, United States
Stephanie Reifferscheid - BA, Women’s Advocate and counselor for more than 25 years, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jennifer Remnant – United Kingdom
Sandrine Ricci - Phd Student and Assistant professor (UQAM), Montréal, PQ, Canada
Hélène Richard - Intervenante auprès des femmes, Montréal, QC, Canada
Mylène Richer - Éducatrice en garderie, Beauharnois, QC, Canada
Jenny Rickmann - Nurse, Germany
Chantelle Rideout - MFA University of New Brunswick, Halifax, NS, Canada
Nella Righetti - Turin, Italy
Cossette Rivera - Equality Now, New York, United States
Haile Rivera - New York, United States
Chantal Robitaille - Intervenante CALACS Chateauguay, Beauharnois, QC, Canada
Eleanor Roffman - Ed.D. Professor and Director of Field Training, Division of Counseling and Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University, MA, United States
Caitlin Roper - WA State Coordinator, Collective Shout, Australia
Carissa Ropponen - BA, Executive and Development Assistant, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Garine Roubinian - Rain and Thunder Collective, MA, United States
Nayiree Roubinian - Rain and Thunder Collective, MA, United States
Justine Rouse-Lamarre - Étudiante à la maîtrise en histoire à l'UQAM, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Gerardine Rowley – Ruhama, Ireland
Lorraine Roy - Militante et survivante de la prostitution, St-Jérôme, QC, Canada
Michèle Roy - Organisatrice communautaire, Montréal, QC, Canada
Sylvie Roy - Désigner, St-Pie, QC, Canada
Rita Ruel - Enseignante retraitée, QC, Canada
Assistant Professor Rakhi Ruparelia B.Sc., B.S.W., LL.B. M.S.W., LL.M. – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Dr. Emma Rush - Lecturer in Ethics and Philosophy, Charles Stuart University, Australia
Roweena Russell – United Kingdom
Marie-Claude Saindon - Intervenante CALACS de Rimouski, Rimouski, QC, Canada
Anaïs Salamon - Bibliothécaire en chef bibliothèque d'études islamiques de l’Université McGill, Montréal, QC, Canada
Roberta Salper - Resident Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University Boston, MA, United States
Myles Sanchez - President, Bagong Kamalayan Prostitution Survivors' Collective, Manila, Philippines
Mélanie Sarroino - LL.M., Agente de liaison et de promotion RQCALACS (Regroupement québécois des centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel), Montréal, PQ, Canada
Jeanne Sarson - Persons Against Non-State Torture, Canada
Katharina Sass - Norway
Kathryn Scarbrough - PhD, East Brunswick, NJ, United States
Sarah Schwartz - United States
Karen Segal - B.A, JD candidate 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Solveig Senft - Abolitionist, Member of Terre des Femmes, Germany
Jonnie Sharp – NC, United States
Carole Shea - Militante, Rawdon, QC, Canada
Professor Elizabeth Sheehy - LLB, LLM, LLD (Hons LSUC), 2014 Recipient of the CBA Ramon Hnatyshyn Award for Law
Victoria Sherman - Italy
Maire Ni Shuilleabhain - Support worker with women affected by prostitution and THB, Ireland
Linda Shuto - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Christiane Sibillotte - Comité justice sociale des soeurs auxiliatrices, Montréal, QC, Canada
Rachèle Simard - Artiste, Montréal, QC, Canada
Indrani Sinha - Executive Director, Sanlaap, India
Georgette Sirois - Infirmière retraitée, Ville de Québec, QC, Canada
Chris Sitka – Australia
Shannon Slight – Tasmania, Australia
Betty M. Smith - Camden, ME, United States
Peggy R. Smith - Lincolnville, ME, United States
Joan Smurthwaite - Catholic Women's League WA, Australia
Mudahogora Solange - Maitrise en sociologie avec spécialisation en études des femmes de l'université d'Ottawa, Représentante de Femmes action en région métropolitaine de Halifax, NS, Canada
Carole Anne Soong - University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Terre Spencer - United States
Anne-Marie Spera - Travaillese Sociale, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Nadine Spuls - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Michèle St-Amand - Sexologue et psychothérapeute, Laval, QC, Canada
Johanne St-Amour - Féministe, QC, Canada
Ginette St-Jean - Val Joli, QC, Canada
Professor Joanne St. Lewis BA, LLB - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ONCanada
Cornelia Sternberg - Germany
Holly Stevens – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hanne Storset - Analyzer, Social Sciences, Norway
Johanna Strand - Teacher and feminist, Norway
Emily Streibel - Raymond, AB, Canada
Eva Streibel - Raymond, AB, Canada
Agnete Strøm - The Women’s Front of Norway, Bergen, Norway
Leah Strudwick – Student, Toronto, ON, Canada
Amanda Sullivan - Equality Now, New York, United States
Doris Sullivan - Militante abolitionniste, Rawdon, QC, Canada
Rose Sullivan - Militante et survivante de la prostitution, Rawdon, QC, Canada
Elsie Suréna - Intervenante dans le domaine de la violence contre les femmes, Toronto, ON, Canada
Jacqueline Sutton - BA, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Fumi Suzuki - Executive Director, Space Allies, Japan
Hélène Sylvain - Conseillère pédagogique, St-Jérome, QC, Canada
Geneviève Szczepanik - Ph.d., Montréal, QC, Canada
Carolina Tafuri - Italy
Mairead Tagg - Clinical Psychologist and specialist in gender based violence, Scotland
Julie Talbot - Montréal, QC, Canada
Elsie Tan - MSN, member of University Women’s Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Emilia Tedesco - Turin, Italy
Karin Temerpley – Melbourne, Australia
Danièle Tessier - Sociologue, Montréal, QC, Canada
Randi Theil - Head of Secretariat, Women’s Council in Denmark (Kvinderådet)
Maj Britt Theorin - F. member of European Parliament and chairwomen of the Committee of Women’s Right and Equality
Carole Thériault - Intervenante sociale au CALACS, St-Alphonse, QC, Canada
Mélanie Thétrault - Intervenante, Granby, QC, Canada
Joan Thomas - RN, PhD, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Nia Thomas - Artist, London, United Kingdom
Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer - Executive Director, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gale Tyler - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nicolien Van Luijk - MA, PhD (c), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Toni Van Pelt - Public Policy Director, Institute for Science and Human Values, Inc. FL, United States
Megan Watt - Leduc, AB, Canada
Karin Werkman - Researcher, the Netherlands
Chloe Westlake - BA, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Dr. Rebecca Whisnant - Director of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Dayton, United States
Margareta Winberg - Former deputy prime minister and minister for gender equality, Sweden
Crystal Wong – Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Jodie Woodward - Head of Operations, Nia Ending Violence, UK
Linda Thompson - Women's Support Project, Scotland
Virginie Tiberghien - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Ottawa, ON, Canada
Yvonne Tierney – ON, Canada
Léa Trahan - Montréal, QC, Canada
Alice Tremblay - Montréal, QC, Canada
Karine Tremblay - Agente de liaison RQCALACS, Montréal, PQ, Canada
Dr. Jill Trenholm - Lecturer/researcher, Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Sweden
Rita Trottier - Montréal, QC, Canada
Ada Tsang - BSW, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Louise Turmel - Enseignante retraitée, Ville de Québec, QC, Canada
Jane Turner - Teacher, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Anna Ulatowshki - Germany
Sara Ungar – ON, Canada
Nordic Model Advocates, United Kingdom
Adina Ungureanu - Ville Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada
Helen Uwangue - Benin City, Nigeria
France Vallières - Retraitée, Rive Sud, QC, Canada
Sylvie Van Brabant - Cinéaste, Montréal, QC, Canada
Claudette Vandal - Montréal, QC, Canada
Helen Vasa - Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canada
Roberta Veenstra - Engaged Citizen, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Marie Hélène Veillette - Conseillère en rééducation, Granby, QC, Canada
Sue Veneer - United Kingdom
Michèle Vianès - Présidente de regards de femmes, Lyon, France
Marilou Vidal - Bénévole GAP, Mercier, QC, Canada
Monique Vigneault - Retraitée, Amos, QC, Canada
Jeanne Villeneuve - Directrice des institutions patrimoniales Blueland, Conseillère de quartier mairie du 7° arrondissement de Paris, Présidente de l’Association quartier Breteuil de Paris, France
Ariane Vinet-Bonin - Étudiante à la maîtrise en service social à l’Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Dr. Judith Walker - Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Megan Walker - Executive Director, London Abused Women's Centre, London, ON, Canada
Zuilmah Wallis - Ireland
Dr. Renate Walther - Germany
Pei-Ju Wang - Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Canada
Claire Warmels - Étudiante en philosophie à Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada
Simone Watso - Exited survivor, Australia
Maureen Watt - Citoyenne, St-Lin-Laurentides, QC, Canada
Morgan Westcott – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vicki Wharton - Antipornculture, United Kingdom
Cindy Wilkinson – ON, Canada
Jeri Williams - Survivor 2 Survivor, Portland, OR, United States
Jacqueline Wilson - Businesswoman and Philanthropist, Board Chair, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ursula Wojciechowski - Translator, Germany
Elizabeth Wolber – Teacher at Fraser Heights Secondary School, Collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Angela Wong - Edmonton, AB, Canada
Maria Wong - Front line anti-violence worker Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, BC, Canada
Corey Lee Wrenn – founder Vegan Feminist Network, United States
Pauline Yargeau - Administratrice d’un centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel, Amos, QC, Canada
Elisabeth Zadnick – QC, Canada
Kerstin Zander - Re-Empowerment e.V., Deutschland
Clorinde Zephir - Professeure de littérature française, Directrice d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Men in support of the letter
Brian Africa – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dr. Ifode Ajari - Medical doctor, United States
Iroro Ajari - Nigeria
Obuks Ajari - Lagos, Nigeria
Kevin Ault - High School Teacher, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Louis Bélisle - Consultant en développement organisationnel, Montréal, QC, Canada
Alain Benoit - Travailleur du réseau de la santé, Montréal, QC, Canada
Bert Bjarland - Vice President, Profeministmiehet, Finland
Didier Bois - Enseignant, Paris, France
Andrew Bomberry - Policy Analyst/ Researcher, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Paolo Botti - Executive Director, Associazione Amici di Lazzaro, Italy
Dr. Christoph Brake – Germany
Dr. Robert Brannon, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College CUNY.
National Chairperson, NOMAS Task Group on Pornography, Prostitution, and Sex-Trafficking
Mordecai Briemberg - Member of StopWar.ca, retired College Instructor, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Stan Burditt - Founder, MAST-Men Against Sexual Trafficking, Canada
Giorgio Carpita - Italy
Denis Carrier - QC, Canada
Philippe Fortier Charette - Travailleur, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Mathieu Charland-Faucher - Organisateur communautaire, Granby, QC, Canada
Gagan Chhabra - Student, Norway
Alex Coles - BFA Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
Guillaume Danis - Militant, Saint-Lin, QC, Canada
James Darbouze - Enseignant-chercheur, Militant syndical, Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Jhonson Desir - Linguiste, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Timothy Dickau - DMin, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Martin Dufresne - Journalist, Le COUAC, Canada
Paul Eid - Professeur au Département de sociologie de l’UQAM, Montréal, QC, Canada
Pius Elue - Chicago, IL, United States
Renel Exentus - Militant Assumer Ayiti, Montréal, QC, Canada
Marco Fasoli - Turin, Italy
Professor Gene Feder - Professor of Primary Health Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Bruce Feldthusen - former Dean, BA Queen’s, JD Michigan, LLB Western and LLM Michigan
Antonio Chiadò Fiorio Tin - Mayor, Massello Municipality, Province of Turin, Italy
Joshua Flavell - Sydney, Australia
Nicolas Flechier - Travailleur social, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Matt Fodor – ON, Canada
Daniele Gaglianone - Film Producer, Turin, Italy
Adam Gagnon - Militant, Beauharnois, QC, Canada
Martin Gallié - Professeur de droit à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, QC, Canada
Gabriel Garcia - Comptable, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, QC, Canada
Claude Gendron - Retraité, Responsable des achats à la maison mère des Soeurs de miséricorde, Brossard, QC, Canada
Ioan Gi-Kwong - Étudiant, Bromont, QC, Canada
Massimo Gianasso - Turin Municipality Police Force, Turin, Italy
Maurizio Gili - Accountant, Senior Partner, Maurizio Gili & Co, Turin, Italy
Azlan Graves - LPN/Outreach nurse, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Chris Green - Director White Ribbon Campaign, UK
Michael Horowitz - CEO, 21 Century Initiatives, Principal Author of the US Trafficking Victims
Benedict Hynes - PhD candidate, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
Biko Ismé-René - Étudiant, Artiste, Travailleur, Montréal, QC, Canada
Dr. Robert Jensen - University of Texas at Austin, Texas, United States
Thomas H. Kemsley - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Edoardo Kibongui - Italian Baptist Union of Churches, Turin, Italy
Anton Klepke - Sweden
Claude Labrecque - QC, Canada
Benjamin Lach – Germany
Marie-Thérèse Lacourse – QC, Canada
Matthew K. Laing - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Michael Laxer - Toronto City Council Candidate-Ward 6, Toronto, ON, Canada
Gabriel Legault - Mi-retraité service quincaillerie et ami dans la fam. Int. De la miséricorde, Lachine, QC, Canada
Gabriele Lenzi - Resistenza femminista, Italy
David Lohan - Co-Author "Open Secrets: An Irish Perspective on Trafficking & Witchcraft", Ireland
Oscar Sanchez Viesca Lopez - Miembro activo del grupo civil VI.D.A y amnrdac, Torreon, Mexico
Eli Mack-Hardiman – NY, United States
Claudio Magnabosco - Director and co-founder, Associazione Ragazze di Benin City, Italy
Guy Malette - Responsable des Achats et de la maintenance de la Maison mère des Soeurs de Miséricorde, Montréal, QC, Canada
Pascal Marcil - Senior specialist, Bromont, QC, Canada
Dr. Michael Markwick - Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Colin Mingus – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Josua Mata - Secretary-General, SENTRO Labor Center, Philippines
Hugh McElveen - Independent Researcher, Ireland
David McHugh - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ronald Meyer - Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada
Patrick Morin - Militant, Valleyfield, QC, Canada
Ryan Munn – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jonathan Nambu - Executive Director, Samaritana Transformation Ministries, Inc., Philippines
Michael Nestor - Australia
David H. Nguyen - Editor-in-Chief, Cancer InCytes Magazine, USA
Irwin Oostindie - Media producer, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Arinze Orakue - Director of PR, Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Abuja, Nigeria
Joe Osagie - Greater London City Council, London, UK
Lucky Oseye - Turin, Italy
Simeon Pang – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Pascale Parent - Interventante CALACS de Rimouski, Rimouski, QC, Canada
Dan Peters - Partnership Co-ordinator, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Alain Philoctète - Coordonateur de programmes, Poète, Maîtrise en pratique de recherche et action publique, Montréal, QC, Canada
Richard Poulin - Professeur émérite département de sociologie et d'anthropologie de l’Université d'Ottawa, Professeur associé à l’Institut de recherches et d'études féministes (IREF) de l’Université du
Québec à Montréal, Ville Mont-Royal, QC, Canada
Professor Keith Pringle - Professor of Sociology with a specialism in social work, Uppsala University, Sweden; Adjungeret Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark; and Honorary Professor, University of Warwick, UK
Fred Robert - Fondateur, Zéromacho
Vincent Romani - Professeur régulier, département de science politique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Marc Andris Saint Louis - Travailleur social, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Dario Saluz - Architect, Turin, Italy
Hugh Samson - B.Sc, P. Geo. Vancouver, BC, Canada
François Savard - Directeur de la Maison mère des Soeurs de Miséricorde, Montréal, QC, Canada
Philippe Scelles - Président d'honneur et vice-président de la Fondation Scelles
Yves Scelles - Vice-président de la Fondation Scelles, France
Reece K. Sellin - Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Canada
Marc André Sullivan - Militant, Montréal, QC, Canada
François Trudel - Directeur d'entreprise Chandelles tradition, St-Constant, QC, Canada
Elcid Vedinel - Linguiste, Membre d'organisation féministe, Haïti
Ray Justin Ventura - National Chairperson, Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE), Philippines
Max Waltman - PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden
Marv Wheale - Home Health Air, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jonathan R. Wilson - Ph.D., Carey Theological College, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Carlo Italo Zanotti - Architect, Senior Partner, Artom & Zanotti Associati, Turin, Italy
David Zimmerman - GEMS Council of Daughters, National Survivor Network, Polaris Project Legislative Circle, United States of America
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YWCA Halifax to offer ‘safe spaces’ to human trafficking victims and survivors
By Taryn GrantStar Halifax, May 4, 2019
HALIFAX—Home can be a place of comfort and refuge, but it can also be used as a tool for exploitation.
Perpetrators of human trafficking often control their victims by controlling their access to shelter and other basic survival needs.
That’s why, according Charlene Gagnon, offering victims and survivors a safe place to live is an essential part of supporting their exit from the exploitive cycle, and it’s why the YWCA Halifax’s latest program will be a milestone in the fight against human trafficking in Nova Scotia.
Gagnon manages anti-trafficking initiatives at the YWCA Halifax and says human trafficking “is not a new issue to Nova Scotia,” but the attention afforded to it has been gradually changing, both locally and across Canada.
In 2005, a trio of amendments to the Criminal Code prohibited human trafficking, specifically, for the first time. Further legislative changes have continued to trickle in since then, and Gagnon says that as laws have emerged to address human trafficking, public awareness has grown.
By shedding more light on the issue, front line workers — like social workers, police, school guidance counsellors — are better able to identify victims. A few years ago, YWCA staff started identifying more and more human trafficking victims, but Gagnon said there was no real system in place to fully respond.
Particularly when it came to safe housing.
“We kind of knew it right from the very beginning, there has been a lack of housing that is specific to this kind of victimization.”
In 2016, the non-profit applied for and was granted federal funding to take a closer look at the issue in Nova Scotia and develop a plan for filling the service gaps. That research wrapped in March 2019 with a plan for a pilot program called Safe Spaces.
The YWCA is aiming for a fall 2019 launch of the program, which will offer emergency housing to youth between 13 and 24 who are fleeing trafficking. As with other trafficking services at the YWCA, police, community agencies and child welfare services anywhere in the province will be able to refer to Safe Spaces.
“It’s pretty critical in those first three to six months of making that transition out for their housing to be really safe and secure,” Gagnon said.
The program will be non-gender-specific, although most trafficking victims are girls and women.
Safe Spaces has funding for four years, part of which was secured earlier this month when Ottawa committed $4.7 million to the Nova Scotia government through the Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund.
Despite the name, more than half of the funds for the first two years of the investment are going to human trafficking initiatives. Of more than $820,000, YWCA is receiving more than $183,000 and Nova Scotia RCMP are receiving $243,000 for seconding officers to human trafficking work.
When making the funding announcement in Halifax, Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey acknowledged that gun violence has been declining in Nova Scotia, and federal Minister for Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said gangs are less common in Nova Scotia than elsewhere in Canada.
Human trafficking, on the other hand, has been on the rise, according to Furey, and in 2016, Nova Scotia recorded the highest number of trafficking incidents of any Canadian province or territory.
Simultaneous to the research and preparation for the safe housing program, Gagnon and her YWCA colleagues have been leading the Nova Scotia Trafficking Elimination Partnership (NSTEP) with more than a dozen other non-profits, police and the local and provincial governments.
NSTEP started in 2016 and is slated to continue until 2021. Gagnon said that at the end of the partnership, the collaborators intend to table a strategy for addressing human trafficking for the province. In the meantime, support programs have already stemmed from of NSTEP’s work.
Since 2018, the YWCA has added front line workers to directly support youth who are either at risk of being exploited or who are exiting trafficking situations, and a family outreach worker.
Gagnon said collaboration — like the kind seen in NSTEP — is an important part of addressing human trafficking, as there’s a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. When in conflict, they can stymy progress.
Human trafficking and sex work are often conflated, and some members of NSTEP support complete abolition of sex work while others support it as a means of independence and survival.
Consensus on a definition for human trafficking poses a problem for fighting it. A 2018 federal justice committee report on human trafficking recognized “the absence of a common and consistent definition among stakeholders,” and said it can contribute to under-reporting and challenges in collecting evidence for court.
The members of NSTEP, however, did arrive at an eight-point common definition of sexualized human trafficking and exploitation. It acknowledges a spectrum of opinion when it comes to the concept of choice, but unequivocally calls trafficking a form of slavery and a human rights violation.
Gagnon said isolation and control are the hallmarks of trafficking that everyone in the partnership agrees on.
She said the definition is important because “perpetrators have their playbook,” and members of the partnership have to know what they’re targeting.
Correction - May 5, 2019: This article was updated from an earlier version that stated the name of the YWCA program was Safe Landings, when it is in fact Safe Spaces.
FACT: Buying sex makes men more prone to violence against women
Studies of men who buy sex (punters) show that they are significantly more likely than other men to rape and engage in all forms of violence against women. A US study found that punters were nearly eight times more likely to rape than other men.
A UN study of violent men in six countries found that buying sex was the second most significant common factor in the backgrounds and lifestyles of men found guilty of rape, as shown in the following chart (the size of the bubble represents the significance of the factor).
Top three common factors in men who rape (UN study in 6 SE Asian countries)
Research has long found that violence against women is associated with men believing they are superior and entitled to sexual access to women. So it’s not hard to see why buying sex makes men more prone to violence when we think about the reality of prostitution.
This is how one London punter described it when he was being interviewed for a 2012 study:
“Look, men pay for women because he can have whatever and whoever he wants. Lots of men go to prostitutes so they can do things to them that real women would not put up with.”
In the same study, nearly half of the men interviewed believed that once they had paid, they were entitled to do pretty much whatever they wanted to her – regardless what she wants. They held this belief, even while acknowledging that the encounter was damaging to her and that she was probably pimped and coerced. This shows they have little or no empathy for the women involved.
Instead of being an encounter based on mutuality, prostitution is one-sided. He pays precisely because she doesn’t want to have sex with him. She’s doing it because she needs the money.
But it’s a real life encounter. He acts it out in the most intimate way possible on her body. This lays down neurological pathways in his brain. The more he does it, the stronger those pathways get – until the point comes where one-sided sex seems completely normal. And because she appears to consent even while everything in her might be screaming she doesn’t want it, he learns to ignore the signals when someone doesn’t reciprocate his desire, and he comes to think it’s unreasonable if a woman doesn’t let him have his own way.
The implications of this for all women and girls are chilling.
It follows that anything that increases the amount of prostitution that takes place – both in terms of the numbers of punters and the frequency with which they turn to prostitution – will lead to an increase in the amount of male violence in the wider community.
In the UK study mentioned above, a number of men said they first bought sex abroad in countries where prostitution is legal or decriminalised and they continued the practice when they returned to the UK. This illustrates how legal / decriminalised prostitution makes men more likely to buy sex.
We should not be surprised therefore that there was a marked increase in male violence against women and children after they introduced the full decriminalisation of the sex trade in New Zealand – even though it coincided with a general decrease in crime overall.
For a discussion of the data this assertion is based on, see Meme about rape in New Zealand since the full decriminalisation of the sex trade.
There was a similar impact in the area around Holbeck in Leeds, which, at the end of 2014, was designated a “managed area” or zone in which prostitution was effectively decriminalised during certain hours. The number of rapes reported to the police in the area increased almost three fold in the first year and remain much higher than before the zone’s introduction.
These are rapes in the entire community, so the explanation that women involved in prostitution are now more likely to report incidents, does not fully explain the rise. Especially when we consider that charging remains at the pre-zone levels, and local men are being found not guilty of rape after claiming they thought the victim was a prostitute.
Prostitution does not just affect those who are directly involved. It impacts everyone. That is why it cannot be justified simply on the basis of the choices of those directly involved. We think women and girls deserve better choices than the sex trade. That is why we campaign for the Nordic Model and an end to poverty and inequality.
Finally, here is a quote from a study of punters in Lebanon:
“A society that allows women to be prostituted by men, and to be sold and bought as commodities, cannot achieve gender equality. Such a society not only discriminates against but also among women themselves as normalizing prostitution reflects on the overall status of women and creates two groups of women: one that can be bought and another that cannot.”
Sex slaves in almost every Scottish town as gangs force trafficked women into prostitution
Campaigners say organised crime groups are branching out of major cities and setting up secret brothels in rural areas.
by Norman Silvester, 19 MAY 2019
Trafficked women are being sexually exploited in almost every town in the country, a Scottish Government-backed group has claimed.
Campaigners say organised crime groups are branching out of major cities and setting up secret brothels in rural areas.
Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) helps women who have been freed from gangs and receives referrals from local authorities all around the country.
Counsellors dealt with 44 women who were identified as new victims of sexual slavery between April 2018 and March 2019 – a rise of 42 per cent in the previous 12 months.
The majority of women who said they had been forced into prostitution told TARA that their services had been advertised online.
Sexual exploitation is part of a wider trafficking problem in which men and women are used as forced labour or domestic servants.
Figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show that 82 men and women were found to be working as slaves in Scotland in the first three months of this year, compared with 53 in the same period last year, an increase of almost 40 per cent.
Many of the women forced to work as prostitutes can be held captive for years before they escape.
TARA’s operations manager, Bronagh Andrew, said: “There are hardly any areas of Scotland that have not had reports of trafficked women being sexually exploited.
“It’s not just a problem in cities, we’re seeing it in rural areas as well. Our concern is that no one knows the real scale of the problem.”
Women who receive help from TARA have usually been rescued by the police or by Border Agency officials.
Others have escaped their captors by jumping out of windows or fleeing cars parked at traffic lights.
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The victims can come from as many as 25 countries, with the most common being Albania, Vietnam, Romania, China, Nigeria and Namibia.
They have been found in almost 30 towns and cities across Scotland, including Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and Inverness.
Victims have also been found in Alva in Clackmananshire, Fort William in the Highlands, Larkhall in Lanarkshire and Annan in Dumfries and Galloway.
According to the NCA, there were 150 Scottish trafficking cases in 2016, up 3.4 per cent up on 2015. In 2017, the number of cases rose to 207.
There were a record 222 cases north of the Border last year.
Bronagh revealed that 147 women forced to work as prostitutes had sought their help since 2015. They are now helping 83 victims, their highest number.
Some of the women have also been used as cheap labour in nail bars and cannabis farms.
Bronagh said: “Most of the women we see are aged 25 to 35 but we’ve helped women as young as 18 and others in their late 50s.
“Trafficked victims have asked their customers to try and help them.
“Some men will help, others will just shrug their shoulders and some will tell the trafficker what she has said.
“As a result, the women have been assaulted. I cannot think of a single case where a customer has taken a woman to a police station.”
Victims are usually from extreme poverty and have been promised a new life in Britain by the traffickers, who present themselves to their victims as Good Samaritans.
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Bronagh added: “Women can often be groomed from a young age before they’re trafficked.
“The women can be brought in by plane, train and car. Some are brought in on their own passport, others are given false documents or simply smuggled in.
“They think they’re coming here to go to school, to get a job and learn English. Occasionally you will get women who are already working in the sex industry.
“They’ve been told they will make much more money and see fewer punters. It’s all a lie.
“Some of the women we help have been sexually exploited since the age of 13 and 14, which usually begins in their own country.”
TARA works closely with Police Scotland’s trafficking unit at Gartcosh in Lanarkshire.
Bronagh said: “We give women legal advice, accommodation and health care and look after them for 12 to 18 months.
“We also have to help women deal with the long-term psychological trauma of being trafficked. Some of the women we’ve helped have been exploited for decades.”
Last year, TARA and another group helping trafficking victims were given a Government grant of £3million.
Bronagh said: “These women are expected to be available for sex 24/7.
“They’ve no freedom and no control over their own own lives.
“Most women have between two and five men each day.
“Other women talk about double figures on a daily basis. They very rarely get paid.
“We had one woman who was exploited seven days a week and by five men each day.
“Once a month she got £100 from her captors and she thought she was rich.
“Clearly she was not getting anything like the money she was earning for the traffickers.
“The traffickers take money off for rent, food, website advertising, condoms and laundry costs. They even fine the women if they get a complaint from a punter.”
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant, who has campaigned against the exploitation of women by the sex industry, said: “We’ve prided ourselves on our measures to combat violence against women but we still have a long way to go.
“Our laws penalise those forced into prostitution. They do nothing to protect them. Northern Ireland and the Irish republic made the purchase of sex an offence and because of that, they are not welcoming to traffickers.
“It is not good enough in 2019 that that this form of violence against women is being effectively actively promoted by sites like Vivastreet.”
Davy Thompson, of White Ribbon Scotland, a charity that works with men to stop violence against women, said: “Trafficking for sexual exploitation is clearly an example of violence against women.
“Sites which carry adverts linked to trafficking should consider that this isn’t sex, it’s rape.”
The evidence we uncovered has been made available to police.
Human trafficking survivor opens transitional house in New York
May 14, 2019 | Natasha Ishak | Gender-based violence
Eighteen years ago, Shandra Woworuntu was living a rough life on the streets. An immigrant from Indonesia, she had escaped her kidnapper after being trafficked in the sex industry in New York. Eventually, her traffickers were prosecuted after the FBI took up her case. But life after her harrowing experience as a sex trafficking victim was not any easier. She was unable to find the help that she needed, and lived homeless for three years.
Now, as a prominent activist in the fight against human trafficking, Woworuntu is trying to fill the gap in resources that are available to survivors of trafficking so that they can regain agency of their lives and reintegrate into society.
In 2014, Woworuntu founded Mentari, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering survivors of violence and exploitation. The organization offers a range of services for survivors, including career coaching, support groups, workshops, and lectures. Its most successful program is the Mentari culinary arts program, where professional chefs provide training to survivors for potential employment in the food industry. Ninety-three percent of the program’s participants have gone on to secure jobs as culinary professionals.
Mentari’s most ambitious effort to date is its new transitional house based in Queens, N.Y. Launched in January, the Mentari House is an important new resource for survivors of trafficking in the city.
After getting out of an abusive or exploitative situation, trafficking survivors are often placed in an emergency shelter by the organizations that help them. These shelters are temporary living spaces where survivors are given meals and a place to sleep. However, they often lack the resources needed to prepare survivors to live independently.
Mentari House is not the first transitional home in New York City, but it is the first to provide long-term living space and holistic programming for trafficking survivors — connection to services like financial planning, professional coaching, job assistance, and health care — essential resources that survivors need to rebuild their lives and live independently.
Woworuntu wants to fill the gap between when survivors are living in emergency shelters and when they are able to live independently, a period when former victims are mostly left to figure things out on their own. As a survivor herself, Woworuntu understands how difficult that time can be.
As her trafficking case was being processed, Woworuntu spent time homeless in between shelter stays, often starving because she had no money. At one point she was receiving $25 a month in food vouchers and $150 a month from a victims’ compensation fund. This went on for three years before she was finally able to secure a Social Security ID and other documents to work legally as an immigrant.
“I still say that [survivors who don’t receive proper help] are victims. Because that’s not really surviving,” Woworuntu said of her years being homeless.
Even today, resources that are available for survivors remain limited. Hannah Pennington, assistant commissioner for policy and training at the New York Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), makes it clear that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for survivors who are escaping a wide spectrum of violence.
“Within any type of victimization, there is never going to be a universal experience,” Pennington said. “People’s experiences vary based on their other identities: their gender identities, their sexual orientation, their race.”
ENDGBV develops and delivers support programs for survivors of violence and abuse and their families. It also consolidates services at the Family Justice Centers (FJCs), which are one-stop service centers for survivors.
The United Nations defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
According to 2016 data from the International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency that promotes social justice for labor forces worldwide, there are 24.9 million people worldwide who are trapped in forced labor; 10 million of those people are exploited in the private and public work sector, while 4.8 million people are forced into the sex trade.
An estimated 14,500–17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Last year, the New York Post reported that the New York Police Department had worked 265 sex trafficking cases in 2017 — double the number of cases from the previous year. The department planned to add 25 officers to its unit that deals with cases of human trafficking, and to open up a special hotline to report sex trafficking cases.
While city agencies and law enforcement have ramped up efforts to combat human trafficking, there are still not enough resources to help survivors of exploitation reintegrate into society post-crisis. And despite increased consolidation of resources that do exist, support for survivors of trafficking especially remains limited, even at offices like the ENDGBV. Pennington noted that long-term housing programs in the domestic violence sector are also scarce, with emergency shelters mostly housing survivors only on a temporary basis.
“Trafficking-specific shelter programs and services is something that’s on everybody’s mind, and that’s something that needs to be enhanced because that’s not something that’s currently squarely part of our domestic violence shelter program,” Pennington said.
A survivor’s ability to move forward is often compounded by other issues, like psychological trauma and immigration status. Woworuntu noted that the Mentari House’s all-encompassing setup is meant to help survivors tackle multiple issues they face, but the program’s primary focus is to educate them on how to be financially independent — a key issue for people trying to get back on their feet.
Mentari House plans to work with a number of community groups to provide a full array of services. One group that the organization is already partnering with is the New Life Community Development Corporation (CDC) in Queens. The CDC’s Success Groups is a financial stability program that works on reward-based accountability to help individuals set financial goals and stay on track to reach them. Woworuntu has been working with the CDC to tailor the financial program to accommodate the specific needs of survivors, such as using appropriate language during discussions with survivors.
“We have a heart for the community and helping in whatever problem the community has, like human trafficking,” said New Life CDC team member Aya Sevilla, whose husband, Redd Sevilla, heads the community nonprofit. “We want to partner with people like Shandra, who live in the community and help each other.”
To be accepted into the Mentari House program, applicants must maintain a full-time job or be a student. Screening applicants is important, said Woworuntu, in order to ensure that the house tenants are ready to move their lives forward in a positive direction, yet do not have access to the necessary means.
Survivors may live at the Mentari House for two years, at a limited rent, whereas most shelters and transitional homes typically house survivors between three months and a year. The long-term residency is designed to ensure that survivors have enough time and resources to establish themselves financially. Their rent increases as they become more financially independent, which helps them learn how to manage their finances.
Four women survivors coming from diverse backgrounds are already living in the house, where they share household chores. Lisa, who requested that her real name not be used, pays $250 in monthly rent. Originally from Ivory Coast, she was able to escape a relative who brought her to the U.S. and forced her to work without pay for five years. A graduate of the Mentari culinary program, Lisa is both Mentari House tenant and manager, whose job is to keep the house running smoothly. Outside the house, she has a steady job as a dorm chef in Manhattan.
“I feel like I’m home,” Lisa said of the Mentari House. Before living at the Mentari House, she had moved between shelters.
“Here I have my freedom. I can go out and come anytime I want, as long as I tell Shandra. I can eat whatever I want to. I can do anything. I’m good, I feel happy,” Lisa said. She hopes that living at the Mentari House will help her save enough money to open her own business someday.
“Shandra helps me to be stronger every day,” Lisa said, “to go for my dream and what I want to do for my future.”
Report claims thousands of North Korean women sold into sex slavery in China
by Joshua Berlinger, CNN, May 21, 2019
Thousands of North Korean women and girls are being trafficked and sold into sexual slavery in China, where many are sold as wives to Chinese men while others are forced into prostitution or to live stream sex acts against their will, a new report claims.
The investigation, by the London-based Korea Future Initiative (KFI), includes shocking first-hand reports of girls as young as 12 being raped and women being forced to participate in cybersex for days without eating.
Though female defectors have long been targets of human traffickers, the problem has been exacerbated in recent years due to what the reports claims is a spike in demand inside of China.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
There are no official statistics on the number of North Koreans that leave the country and settle outside South Korea. Aid groups have reported that tens of thousands of North Koreans live in China as refugees, according to a 2014 United Nations report. The KFI claims the number could be as high as 200,000.
KFI -- a nonprofit that focuses on North Korean women, children and minorities who are the victims of human rights abuses -- estimates that as many as 60% of female North Korean refugees in China are trafficked into the sex trade.
"At a time when significant global capital is invested in China and, more recently, political capital expended on North Korea, it is a damning indictment that North Korean women and girls are left languishing in the sex trade," the organization said.
"Condemnation is insufficient. Only tangible acts can dismantle China's sex trade, confront a North Korean regime that abhors women, and rescue sex slaves scattered across brothels, remote townships, and cybersex dens in mainland China."
CNN has not been able to independently verify the report's claims.
A 98-page report from Human Rights Watch published in November reached similar conclusions as the Korea Future Initiative regarding the risks female defectors face. The US State Department also acknowledged reports of violence against women defectors in its 2018 report on human rights practices in North Korea.
The Korea Future Initiative's report took two years to compile, the group said. The authors said they interviewed more than 45 survivors and victims of sexual violence whose testimony pieced together a "complex and interconnected illicit industry that accrues vast profits from trafficked women and girls."
North Koreans who flee across the border into China risk their lives to do so. They are not free to leave their country and are severely punished if they do so without permission. The country is separated from China and Russia by a river and armed guards.
If defectors manage to make it into China but are then caught, they are forcibly repatriated, as China considers them economic migrants rather than refugees fleeing persecution. North Koreans who are returned face severe punishment, torture and even execution, according to defectors and rights organizations.
Within China, many North Koreans who avoid the authorities are still not safe, especially women. China's one-child policy, which was relaxed in 2016, has led to a demographic gender imbalance in which men far outnumber women.
Human traffickers have been reported to fill the demand for more women by selling North Korean defectors to Chinese men as wives.
Human Rights Watch said traffickers promise to help defectors make it to South Korea, but then sell the women as brides or into the commercial sex trade.
MYTH: Disabled men have the right to prostitutes
By Jacqueline Gwynne
One of the reasons used to justify prostitution is disabled men’s entitlement to sex with a prostitute. What about the disabled men? Disabled men have the right to sex too, don’t they? people say. Although it’s worth noticing that this is not something argued by disabled people’s organisations but by able-bodied people justifying the sex trade.
I worked as a receptionist in a high-end legal brothel in Victoria, Australia. Prior to that, I would have agreed with this argument, but having seen the inside of the sex industry and how misogynistic and exploitative it is, and how seedy and sleazy brothels are, I see things differently. Now I see this argument as discriminatory and offensive for a multitude of reasons.
It is sexist because it only considers men’s sexual needs and not women’s. It is demeaning and ableist because it implies that disabled people are too grotesque to be sexually attractive and are not capable of sexual expression and forming partnerships with other disabled and able-bodied people. It is exploitative and classist because it requires a class of women to be prostituted. These women are generally socially disadvantaged and many are disabled themselves, often undiagnosed. But that is for another article.
As a receptionist in the brothel, I answered the phones, and took enquiries and bookings. Not once did I take a booking for a disabled man or an enquiry on behalf of one. After I joined the sex trade survivor movement in April 2016, I became curious and started asking questions and researching this claim. I put a call out via my social media networks to gauge what demand there was from disabled men. I also spoke to social workers in Australia.
I got responses from 10 women who had worked in the sex industry, some for decades. They said only about 2-5% of their clients were physically or mentally disabled. Why is this tiny percentage used to justify the entire sex industry?
Carrie* worked as a prostitute for over a decade. She said:
“I saw very few disabled men but actually preferred them as clients because they did not physically threaten me like able bodied men. They were usually brought in by a female carer who, because of a duty of care, stayed to watch while I performed the service.”
“The men were so profoundly physically and/or mentally disabled that I doubt they were capable of consenting to sex.”
If the men weren’t capable of giving consent, what does that make it? Who is deciding for them? Who is paying for it? How degrading it must be for the prostituted woman to have someone watching.
It is common in Australia for female social workers and carers to have to take male clients to prostitutes. It is said that it makes the men easier to manage. But why do only female social workers and carers have to do this? In any other workplace setting, being forced to watch someone have sexual intercourse would be regarded as sexual harassment.
The two social workers I spoke to both said they had no choice but to do it. If they expressed distress about it, they were ostracised or sacked. Lisa* from Melbourne has been sacked twice for opposing the practice because she wasn’t comfortable with the idea of prostitution and the sexual exploitation of women.
Barbara* from Queensland expressed disquiet that the men are not able to give consent but are forced to go to prostitutes:
“Disabled men’s sexuality is considered sacrosanct and takes priority over the rights of a socially disadvantaged prostituted woman and the rights of female social workers. Disabled women, on the other hand are denied any sexuality at all and it is common practice for them to be sterilised. Disabled women are often given a hysterectomy and have their ovaries removed. This is equivalent to castration – cutting a man’s testicles off. It’s considered too cruel to perform on convicted paedophiles but families opt to do this to their own daughters.”
According to Carrie, clients were often unable to climax and seemed uncomfortable being there. If it was not forced upon him by his family or carers, he probably would never have contemplated it. It is sexual abuse if he’s not willingly choosing it.
The average price for a one hour “basic service” booking with a prostitute is approximately $180-200 (Australian). Who pays? Is it government funded? How can that be justified for disabled men when disabled women are denied their sexuality entirely?
wheelchair-6If the disabled men’s families pay, the practice must be confined to affluent families, which makes this whole argument for the necessity of prostitution elitist, classist and absurd.
Sex is not a human right and it is not a life or death matter. A disabled man will not die if he doesn’t have an orgasm.
Male sexual entitlement does not take precedence over women’s rights. Disabled men make up a tiny percentage of prostitution users and it is a myth that is used to justify the entire industry. Men’s sexual needs are not more important than the dignity and safety of female social workers and carers, even if those men are disabled. Disability is never a reason to justify the sexual exploitation of a class of disadvantaged women. To suggest this, is misogynistic, ableist, elitest, classist and downright offensive.
* Names of women interviewed have been changed to protect privacy.