The Executive Committee passed a motion to oppose recent police crackdown on sex workers at a St. Catharines neighbourhood. The Council added its name to a letter* authored by activists and concerned citizens.
*We are writing as members of the St. Catharines community to express the anger and grave concern we feel in response to the recent "crackdown" on sex workers along Gale Crescent and in the surrounding neighbourhood. While all genders do sex work, Indigenous and racialized women and LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among survival sex workers, and it is especially disturbing to see these arrests target women doing street-based sex work. We demand that the arrest of sex workers in our community be stopped immediately, that the release conditions for arrested sex workers be dropped and that no other targeted criminalization measures (e.g., ticketing) be taken.
Read the whole letter here. It is a public document, if signed, the signature will be saved automatically.