MA in Critical Sociology
Kelsey Ioannoni (Second year cohort)
"My research highlights the role played by sex workers affiliated with Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker Action Project in the fight for legal changes to prostitution related charges in the Criminal Code of Canada. On June 13th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of Bedford v. Canada, a case that will determine the legal status of sex work in Canada. The advocacy work engaged in by Maggie’s has been instrumental in moving forward this case through the courts, up to the Supreme Court of Canada. Drawing on interview data, my thesis explores the ways in which members of Maggie’s organize for the decriminalization of sex work in Canada. I also theorize about the extent to which the case for decriminalization of sex work in Canada is strengthened by the involvement of sex workers, what the decriminalization of sex work would mean to members of Maggie’s, and what decriminalization would mean to sex workers on a national level."