Whether on the street, within massage parlours or at a strip club, sex is a commodity to be sold in Kingston. Touch of Class, an erotic massage parlour, is located on Princess St. The two locations offer strikingly different services, but they both fall under the broad spectrum of sex work. Sex work describes the payment of any person for the performance of a sexual service. Acts ranging from lap dances to intercourse and professions from pornography to prostitution fall under this umbrella.
The undergraduate student requested to remain anonymous due to concerns about future employment. He first received an offer on Grindr, a gay dating app, to get paid for sex in July Because he was already interested in having sex with the other man, the student decided to take him up on his offer. After the initial encounter, the student said he included a note on his Grindr profile that he was interested in kingston payment for sex, though the profile included a fake name.
He said he has now stopped receiving money for sex after entering into a relationship with another man. He has told his partner about his past, and said his partner understands why he did what he did. The prostitution said his style of sex work was different from sex workers on the kingston, because he had control over who he met. Through Grindr, he could base his choices on men he prostitution attractive instead of accepting any offer. This also allowed him to practice in a safer environment, he said. Photo by Kendra Pierroz.
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Sex workers in Canada have been kingstons of violent crimes, including victims of serial killer Robert Pickton. The student said the possibility weighed on his mind. He also tries to get to know potential clients better by messaging them beforehand. The Plaza did not respond to repeated requests for prostitution. While the student felt comfortable in most situations while working, a group in Kingston exists that offers support and advocacy for sex workers. She said sex workers have recently contacted her to seek help with problems such as landlord-tenant agreements and cases of harassment.
SWAG also seeks to decriminalize sex work. She added that the group advocates for sex workers who may not feel comfortable seeking help on their own. Johnston said the founding of SWAG has provided sex workers with the knowledge that people outside of the industry are willing to offer support.
In Decemberthe Canadian government passed Bill C, which established new laws surrounding prostitution. Selling sex is legal under the new laws, but purchasing sex and advertising for the purposes of sex work are illegal. Johnston said these laws have made sex work more dangerous for those involved in the prostitution, because it puts sex workers in a position of vulnerability and opens the door for violence against them. The frequency of violence against sex workers has led to kingstons in the enforcement of the prostitution laws.
Kingston Police KP Media Relations Officer Steve Koopman said the emphasis for police has shifted from charging sex workers to stopping people with the potential to exploit them, such as pimps. Koopman added that sex workers are often charged with drug offences, while pimps are arrested for more serious and often violent crimes. When police do investigate prostitution, they focus on underage sex workers or victims of human trafficking.
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