Understanding Migrant Sex Workers: Factsheet


Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network, Canada ), August 2018

This 8-page factsheet is produced by Butterfly, a organisation formed in Canada by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals in 2014. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The organization is founded upon the belief that sex workers are entitled to respect and basic human rights. Butterfly asserts that, regardless of their immigration status, Asian and migrant sex workers should be treated like all other workers.

Their mandate:

  • To provide support, education and information to Asian and migrant sex workers

  • To promote safety and dignity for all sex workers, regardless of their gender, race or immigration status.

  • To enhance access to health, social, labour and legal rights and services

  • To promote equality and eliminate racism, stigma and discrimination against sex workers in general, and Asian and migrant sex workers specifically

  • To facilitate the building of support networks and solidarity among sex workers

  • To facilitate opportunities for the voices of sex workers to be heard in society

  • To advocate for the human rights of sex workers and to promote the decriminalization of sex work

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By J Pope

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