Tuesday, February 16, 2011
Second woman in a week found slain in a Metro Vancouver park
Carla Marie Smith, 27, has been identified as the woman found slain in a North Burnaby park Monday.
Photograph by: Photo submitted, Special to the Vancouver Sun
METRO VANCOUVER — The woman found slain in a North Burnaby park Monday has been identified as 27-year-old Carla Marie Smith.
Smith was known to Vancouver police as being involved in the sex trade, Cpl. Dale Carr of the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Tuesday.
She also used the names Carmen and Justine.
Carr said investigators have not yet determined the cause of death, or if Smith died where she was discovered or at another location.
“We are hoping that today’s autopsy will assist us with that determination,” Carr said. Continue reading
“After doing massage therapy for a while, I am now working as an escort full-time. I see two to three clients a day. Seventy-five per cent of my clients are kinkier and twenty-five per cent want vanilla sex or massage with orgasms.”
This is how a Canadian male student, who wishes to remain anonymous, describes how he started to consider sex work earlier this year to raise funds to attend a midwifery school in New Zealand. As a massage therapist working in Vancouver (one of Canada’s most liberal cities) who identifies as “sex positive” and sexually experimental, he found the transition to working as an escort “pretty natural.”
“Students who are considering sex work need to be extremely conscious of their safety.”
-Trina Ricketts, founder of nakedtruth.ca
“The work is what you make it,” he says. “I find it really rewarding to help clients explore their sexuality.” Continue reading
September 28, 2010, By CBC News
An Ontario court has thrown out key provisions of Canada’s anti-prostitution laws in response to a constitutional challenge by a Toronto dominatrix and two prostitutes in 2009.
Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice ruled Tuesday the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution contribute to the danger faced by sex-trade workers.
In her ruling, Justice Susan Himel said it now falls to Parliament to “fashion corrective action.”
“It is my view that in the meantime these unconstitutional provisions should be of no force and effect, particularly given the seriousness of the charter violations,” Himel wrote. Continue reading
The new Prohibition
Steve Bosch/Postmedia News
The federal government announced new measures to combat organized crime like prostitution, illegal gambling and drug trafficking on Aug. 4, 2010.
Terence Corcoran, National Post · Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010
The Harper government, fresh from botching its alleged pander to the libertarian wing of the Conservative party with its voluntary census plan, appears to be having no problem steamrolling over the libertarian wing’s sensitivities on crime. In back-to-back performances this week, two Cabinet ministers invoked harsh tough-on-crime motives that show the Tories’ concern about individual rights to be a fleeting interest compared with their enthusiasm for escalating the bonkers American war on drugs, gambling and sex. Continue reading