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Давайте помянем жертв бесшумной войны в Канаде

Сюзан Девис

Ванкувер, 15 декабря, 2006 – Приближается Международный День против Насилия над Секс Работниками и я вспоминаю своих друзей и коллег-секс работников, которых я потеряла из-за жестокости и насилия: моя подруга, Бренда Вей, убита, ее тело выброшено в мусор – и Келли, фамилию которой, я так никогда и не знала, - убита и изуродована в Ист-Энд Нотеле, где мы жили.

Я знаю, что секс работники по всему миру вспоминают своих друзей и гадают, восторжествует ли справедливость? Станет ли когда-нибудь безопасность секс работников приоритетом? (англ.)
Источник: The Province

I am a 21-year veteran of the trade, and have witnessed the effects of the disastrous law revisions in 1985 and the resulting spiral from relative safety in the trade into the dangerous environment we experience as workers today.

In 2003, a parliamentary sub-committee was formed in response to rising violence against sex workers and the unbelievable number of missing and murdered workers across Canada.

We shared personal experiences and ideas with the committee, and for a moment had a glimmer of hope. We sat patiently as they catalogued the darkest moments of our lives and then waited -- what recommendations would the committee bring forward?

A year after the report was due, it was finally tabled in Parliament this week. A disaster for workers, it does not support decriminalization. But it does call for -- big surprise -- more research.

Must sex workers endure researchers and politicians making their careers and millions of dollars while discussing "safety issues"?

How long will we wait -- 20 years, 30 years?

It's been almost 30 years since the Fraser Accord recommended changes that we are still fighting for today.

What actions were taken? None.

This report spells more of the same. It shows total complacency for the value of the people affected and total lack of respect for those who died.

Canada presents itself as a leader in human rights, but the numbers of missing and murdered sex workers tells a different story.

The staggering mortality rate of Canada's sex workers is a reflection of the two-faced nature of our society.

Some feminist groups even work against safe work spaces and equality for sex workers! It's difficult to suppress my anger and frustration, but I'm learning to heal through action.

In 2005, a group of my fellow workers and I attended an international conference in Montreal and met leaders of the sex workers rights' movement from all over the world.

I was moved and inspired as I learned of the courage, strength and accomplishments of these workers.

So I invite everyone to take some time to remember the casualties of Canada's quiet war. The loss to the community of their potential and light is immeasurable.

They may be gone, but must never be forgotten.

Participants in a Sunday rally to raise awareness about violence suffered by sex workers will meet 3:00 p.m. at the Surrey Girlz drop-in centre in the 10600-block, 135A Street.