Violence and the Outlaw Status of (Street) Prostitution in Canada

Violence and the Outlaw Status of (Street) Prostitution in Canada

This article constructs a profile of murders of sex workers in British Columbia from 1964 to 1998. The analysis reveals the relationships among media, law, political hypocrisy, and violence against street prostitutes. In particular, the article examines how the "discourse of disposal"—that is, media descriptions of the ongoing attempts of politicians, police, and residents' groups to get rid of street prostitution from residential areas—contributed to a sharp increase in murders of street prostitutes in British Columbia after 1980.

JOURNAL: Violence Against Women
VOLUME: 6
ISSUE: 9
PAGES: 987-1011
PUBLICATION DATE: 2000