Dana Larsen: BC Should Decriminalize, Unionize Sex Trade to Save Lives

CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis activist turned BC NDP Leadership Candidate Dana Larsen today announced that as Premier he would allow sex workers and escorts to unionize and form co-operatives to protect their rights and safety.

“As Premier, I would defund the police enforcement, prosecution and incarceration of offences related to the sex trade in an effort to increase safety for street sex workers.”

“We know from the evidence that only a small minority of sex workers in Canada work on the street, the rest operate in what amounts to a legal environment as ‘escorts,'” Larsen said. “We have a set of laws here that only target the most impoverished, marginalized few percent of sex workers, preventing them from unionizing, hiring security, or otherwise trying to increase their safety.

“In short, I propose we decriminalize sex work so that these men and women can unionize and improve their safety.”

According to research conducted by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the criminalization of acts related to sex work “place sex workers in circumstances where they are vulnerable to high levels of violence and exploitation, as well as potential exposure to HIV.”

Based on this and other evidence, a court in Ontario declared the criminalization of sex work unconstitutional this Fall. A similar challenge in British Columbia was approved this October. Counsel for the British Columbia constitutional challenge is the Pivot Legal Society based in Vancouver, BC.

“The laws against sex workers working from a home, working together or hiring security only result in increased victimization of these vulnerable women. These laws have been declared unconstitutional and should be struck from the books. As Premier, I would ensure that sex workers get off the street and into a safer environment.”

In recent weeks, Larsen has made campaign promises to make the Vancouver SkyTrain free for all passengers and to put warning labels and tax sugar-filled beverages.

Larsen has also promised, if elected, to end the war on marijuana in British Columbia. Since announcing his candidacy in late December, he has received endorsements from marijuana icon Tommy Chong and pot-puffing pro wrestler Rob Van Dam.

Go to VoteDana.ca to find out how you can help Dana Larsen become leader of the BC NDP. Watch videos from Dana’s campaign on YouTube.



  1. mtnlionco on

    The idea that anybody would be forced into the sex industry due to economic circumstances is ridiculous.

    The government should not interfere with the sex trade industry, it is supposed to be demeaning and dangerous.

  2. Anonymous on

    as a parent, i would like to say that if my daughter were to either choose to be in the sex trade industry, or be forced to due to economic cicumstance, you’re damn right i would want her protected in any way possible. wouldn’t you?

  3. Anonymous on

    heres my choice- telling you to fuck off

  4. Jason on

    Do we recommend to our children
    that drinking alcohol is good for you?
    Do we coach them on how
    to take bong hits and whisky shooters?

    Do we tell them how much money can be made
    if they sell dope?

    Cleaning toilets, cleaning elephants, or cleaning dicks. People make choices, and sometimes there aren’t many choices. Laws will make it safer and better for people who make such choices.

    We obviously do not advise our children on things that we personally do not believe is a respectable way to go about living. We will answer our sons’ and daughters’ questions when they arise, and ALWAYS explain that it is a choice of their own to decide what they would like to do with their lives, and that we will support them no matter what.

    People make choices; when something is ILLEGAL, it is the legal implications that is the biggest harm. Perception is 9/10ths of reality, and in 2011 we have to be real of people’s NEW perceptions to failed policies and make progressive changes.

    This is not politically fueled; I don’t live in BC, I’m basically married, and have no interest in hookers. I support legalization of prostitution and marijuana, or at least red light districts.

  5. Anonymous on

    you have a young daughter Mr Larson
    would you support her choice
    to enter into this profession ?

    Would you coach her on pricing
    and advertising techniques
    to maximise profits ?

    Would you link to her website
    offering her sexual services
    with your recomendation
    as a father & politician ?

    Would you recommend your daughter
    to provide sexual entertainment to your clients ?
    Would you contract your daughter
    to service business prospects ?

    What’s to stop you from using her services yourself
    especially since you are getting older
    and becoming less attractive ?

    Would you recommend trading pot for sexual services ?