Tuesday, Oct.11, 2016 

 

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Impact of housing crisis on sex workers

Laura Dilley, PACE/Voice photo

 

 

he Providing Alternatives, Counselling & Education (PACE) Society will be hosting a public event in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library as part of the City of Vancouver’s Homelessness Action Week to discuss how the housing crisis impacts Sex Workers.

 

On October 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm, the Vancouver Public Library will be hosting a free public event in partnership with PACE Society, Experiencing Homelessness: Sex Workstorytellers. Monologues by spokespeople from PACE Society will detail the impacts of the housing crisis on Sex Workers in Vancouver. These monologues will be supplemented by talks from local experts in housing and health inequities from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine: Drs. Andrea Krüsi, Danya Fast, and Ryan McNeil.

“Vancouver’s housing crisis has disproportionately impacted Sex Workers,” says Brenna Bezanson, Communications Coordinator at PACE Society. “A lack of access to safe and affordable housing significantly increases exposure to violence among Sex Workers.”

“Changes are urgently needed to federal prostitution laws and provincial tenancy laws to make it easier for Sex Workers to secure and maintain housing,” says Laura Dilley, Executive Director of PACE Society. “As speakers at this event will outline, current laws make it difficult for Sex Workers to access housing and work safely while increasing their vulnerability to eviction.”

 

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