resources for sex workers
Have you been busted or ticketed? Maggie's is a registered charity which means that
UPDATED APRIL 26 2012: "Changes to the Sex Work Laws in Ontario: A Workers Guide" Check out this very brief practical fact sheet on what has changed and what has not changed about the laws surrounding sex work in Ontario.
-Tips For Tricking Around Town: A Guide for New Workers
New to sex work? This document covers the basics of the laws around selling sex, where to advertise, BDSM houses and safety. If you are new to escorting, we also highly recommend reading the document "Sex, Work, Rights" (linked below). Updated February 2012.
-The Rules: Maggie's Practical Guide to Stripping & Erotic Massage Licensing in Toronto" (2011)
-Has the city's licensing division denied you a Burlesque Entertainers, Body Rub or Holistic Care License? Find out here how to appeal!
-News updates on the legal situation of indoor and outdoor escorts in Ontario.
Is prostitution still illegal? Do you know what parts of prostitution have always been legal? FIND OUT!
-Sex, Work, Rights: Changing Canada's criminal laws to protect sex workers' health and human rights & The Law of Sex Work
What exactly *are* the laws against prostitution? Is it legal to work with your friend? Or refer a client? To work in a hotel? Find out!
-Trials of the Sex Trade: Legal Tips for Sex Workers
Been arrested? Want to avoid arrest? check out for information on how to avoid arrest, defend yourself and find help if you do get arrested.
-Therapists & Counselors. Maggie's has developed a list of therapists with experience working one-on-one with sex workers in a respectful and non-judgmental manner. Most of them do not have sex work experience themselves but do support sex-worker self-determination and understand some of the issues we face. Please contact us for details at sexworkisrealwork(at)maggiestoronto.ca or call 416-964-0150
Male Sex Workers: Scarlet Men (Australia)
Sex Workers who work with clients with disabilities: Touching Base (Australia)
Support and information for phone sex operators: PSOSupprt.org (USA)
Sex workers of colour & LBGT sex workers: HOOK Collective
London Sex Worker Open University