Co-authored by Professor Patrizia Gentile from the departments of Human Rights and Social Justice and Women’s and Gender Studies, the article “Sex Workers Are Left Out in the Cold by Ottawa’s Unjust Conviction Amendments” sheds light on the unintended negative consequences of recent Canadian legislation aimed at protecting sex workers.

The  amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code have made it easier for police to target and criminalize sex workers, ultimately making their work more dangerous and stigmatized. Professor Gentile and her co-authors argue that policymakers must prioritize listening to the voices and experiences of sex workers, who are most affected by these laws.