Resources: Indigenous Sex Worker Rights

Exploration on Indigenous Lands and Exploitation of Indigenous Bodies (Canada, 2013)Indigenous feminist and sex worker rights advocate Naomi Sayers analyzes how fears about the “trafficking  of Indigenous girls and women” in Canada have lead to legislative changes which fail to address core concerns pertaining to colonialism and its impact on both indigenous people in general and indigenous sex workers in particular. Naomi describes how even though Canada’s current anti-prostitution and anti-human trafficking legislation claim to work promote safety and security, in reality these policies further advance the colonial agenda of the Canadian government within a historical and present day context as guise for settlers searching for more economic profit by exploiting Indigenous lands and Indigenous bodies. Naomi’s essay includes a historical analysis of anti-prostitution legislation and the role of policing within the Canadian context.