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Sex Work Rights Cards

The “Know Your Rights” card explains how the Vancouver Police Department’s new Guidelines, which became official policy on January 15, 2013, require officers to prioritize sex workers’ safety over the enforcement of the prostitution laws.  The rights card advises sex workers that the “POLICE SHOULD NOT harass, target, arrest or intimidate you for doing sex work.”

The card encourages sex workers to contact an organization that they trust or the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner to file a formal police complaint if they are harassed, targeted, intimidated, followed, told to move along or arrested by police for prostitution-related offences.

In the hopes that other departments will learn from the Vancouver experience, Pivot and SWUAV have also written to RCMP and municipal police departments across Canada, encouraging them to engage local sex workers to assist in the development of a similar policy.

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights Tool Type: Training Resources & Popular Education Languages: English Regions: > Global, North America