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HO HO HO!! Happy holidays from all of us at Maggie's!

We will be closed on December 17th and reopening on January 6.

 

Dec 17th is the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers

Please join us at Queen West Community Health Centre (168 Bathurst Street) for 

FIGHT BACK: SEX WORKERS RESPOND TO C-36

Come learn more about C36 and how we can continue to support and protect one another under a criminalized system.

Doors at 6:30pm
Starts at 7pm

MC:  Akio Maroon

Speakers:
Phoenix Katt - On C36 and what it means for the sex industry...
Monica Sehovic Bowen Forrester - C36 and street-based and indigenous sex workers
Elene Lam - How C36 will impact migrant sex workers

Next steps:
Jean McDonald- Municipal non-enforcement and Bringing the fight for sex workers rights back home

This is an accessible location.
Onsite childcare available.
This event is open to sex workers, allies, and community workers.

For more information contact:  
Jean at maggiescoord@gmail.com or
Arlene Pitts at apitts@srchc.com

December 6th, 2014 marks the date that Bill C-36 becomes law. This Bill was introduced by the Harper government in response to the unanimous supreme court decision that deemed the contested prostitution related provisions as UNCONSTITUTIONAL as they create MORE harms to sex workers and those that love them. 

This year on December 17th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers we are recognizing the violence that will be recreated and that it will increase state violence and cost more sex workers lives.

In response, a coalition of sex workers and sex worker organizations including: Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, COUNTERfit Women’s Harm Reduction Program, Queen West Community HealthCentre, Bad Date Coalition, Sex Professional of Canada and others, have come together to share information and to support each other as Bill C36 becomes law.

We will also talk about how sex worker activists and allies are continuing to fight for the rights and wellbeing of sex workers in Toronto, including a new campaign for municipal non-enforcement.

 

 

 

 

Support Maggie's!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo Campaign! It was a great success and we raised more than our target goal of $10,000.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK! You can donate by pressing the red DONATE HERE button at the top right hand corner of this page.

Maggie's denounces Bill C36 tabled by the Conservative government

For media inquiries, contact Jean McDonald maggiescoord@gmail.com (416) 964-0150

For sex workers encountering police at their incall locations

Click here for more info about what to do if you are visiting by police and a guide to your rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 

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Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-2pm

Come join us every Wednesday 2-5pm at the Maggie's Lounge for community, conversation, coffee, snacks, harm reduction and safer sex materials and more! Come get the facts--stay tuned for an upcoming conversation about the legal changes and where we stand now!

To stay informed about breaking updates, please visit us here on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/Maggiestoronto

 

Maggie'ounge and RealWork group will be starting back up next Wednesday August 7. See you then!

recent news

Sex workers decry government consultation on prostitution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, June 2, 2014 — Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, along with sex workers and other experts, question the legitimacy of the federal government online consultation around prostitution in Canada.

“The online consultation allowed for people to complete the form multiple times. The numbers could easily be skewed to support the Conservative government’s agenda to introduce legislation that would criminalize sex work.” – Jean McDonald, Executive Director, Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project.

Sex workers were not consulted in meaningful ways. Vanessa D’Allesio, current sex worker and member of Maggie’s Board of Directors adds, “I wouldn’t be asked to comment on employment standards in the fishing industry, so it begs the question as to why non-sex workers are considered the best source of information to inform legislation on the sex industry.” “Asking the average citizen to comment on a highly stigmatized and misunderstood industry does not reflect the opinions or needs of the people directly affected by these laws – sex workers,” adds Jeff Kingsley, current sex worker in Toronto.

The consultation questions were biased. “They lead people to want to criminalize clients or third parties, without an understanding of the impact of these types of laws on sex workers,” says Hope Bloomington, current sex worker in Toronto. Emily van der Meulen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University adds, "Laws should not be built on public opinion or moral arguments. Laws should be based on evidence, which is what the court considered when making its judgement in favour of decriminalization." The Supreme Court of Canada was clear that the laws criminalizing consensual sex work activities increased harm and vulnerability. New laws will simply re-create this situation and will surely be deemed unconstitutional by future courts.

Decriminalization is the only system that will protect sex workers, by ensuring access to labour, legal and human rights.

Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project is an organization run for and by sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that in order to improve our circumstances, sex workers must control our own lives and destinies.

 

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Contact: Jean McDonald, Executive Director,

Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project

maggiestoronto.ca

maggiescoord@gmail.com

(416) 964-0150

 

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sex workers: join us!

Join us every Wednesday for our sex workers only Lounge from  2-5 PM and check our news page for upcoming events! Sex workers, Maggie’s is here for you. We are not secretly trying to convince you to leave sex work or “rehabilitate” you. Our services and philosophies are rooted in meeting your needs and desires with respect. Learn more here.

The No List: Time Wasters and Bad Dates

Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project now has a searchable data base for time wasters and bad dates!!

 

The No List allows sex workers to share information and search clients before booking. It is secure and accessible by sex workers only!

To access the list or submit bad date or time waster info please email maggiesnolist@gmail.com

 

 

learn more about us

Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. Learn more here.

The Aboriginal Sex Workers Education and Outreach Project welcomes you inside the circle

The Aboriginal Sex Work Education and Outreach Project is the ONLY project of it's kind in Canada. It is by and for Aboriginal sex workers of all genders and of Indigenous descent. NEW! Check out our recently released statement "Indigenous People in the Sex Trade: Our Life, Our Bodies, Our Realities"