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Toronto

SEX AT THE MARGINS: MIGRATION, LABOUR MARKETS AND THE RESCUE INDUSTRY

Date and time

2011.11.24, 7:30 PM

Details

Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is proud to host Laura Agustín, an internationally renowned sex worker rights advocate and an expert on undocumented migration and informal labour markets. She will be giving a talk based on her book, “Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry”.

Sex at the Margins questions several popular beliefs about migrants who sell sex: that they are all passive victims, that the job of selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín argues that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe most migrants and that a Rescue Industry disempowers them. Based on extensive research amongst migrants who sell sex as well as social helpers, Sex at the Margins demonstrates how migration policy marginalises informal-sector workers and how anti-prostitution campaigns turn sex workers into casualties of globalisation.

Fully wheelchair accessible room and washrooms | Free

Endorsed by No One Is Illegal—Toronto, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University and Ryerson Student Union

Books available for purchase, courtesy of the Toronto Women’s Bookstore

Check out Laura Agustín’s blog at http://www.lauraagustin.com/

www.maggiestoronto.ca

Venue

The Raging Spoon

Address

761 Queen Street West

City

Toronto

Province

Ontario

Country

Canada

Economic sectors

Dancers

Content types

Policy analysis, Documented cases of abuse, and Support initiatives

Target groups

Public awareness

Regulation domains

Health and safety at work, Social security, (Im)migrant workers selection criteria, Right to equality (gender), Health care & social services, Family reunification, Status regularization procedures, Right to unionize, Newcomers integration programs, Right to proper information, Remittances and co-development programs, Legal aid, Determination fair wages and labour shortage, Right to liberty, Right to choose place of residence, Access to permanent status, Migration expenses reimbursement mechanisms, Impartial hearing before deportation, Right to change employer, Recrutement / placement agencies, Trips abroad and re-entries, Labour standards, Housing standards, Right to dignity, Free employment services, Right to equality (social status), Employment insurance, Right to equality (national origin), and Right to privacy

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, and Nova Scotia

Languages

English