Meanwhile Goings on Where I Live

clipped from www.theglobeandmail.com

Vancouver — A group of Vancouver sex-trade workers has incorporated the country’s first sex industry co-operative with the goal of setting up a legal brothel.

The West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals has 13 directors so far, including prostitutes, porn stars and exotic dancers.

Organizer Susan Davis says ultimately the co-op would like a safe place for prostitutes to conduct business, as well as a place to offer education and skills training to sex industry workers.

Ms. Davis says the group will be lobbying the federal government for an exemption to federal laws against prostitution in order to open the brothel.

She says the murders of prostitutes from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside highlighted the need to improve safety.

Ms. Davis says Vancouver has opened its doors to a safe-injection site for drug users in order to save lives and it’s time to do the same for sex industry workers.

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