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It's becoming more common and widespread for women to sell sex to cover basic necessities like food, shelter and transportation in Yukon, and instances of human trafficking are more prevalent than ly thought, according to a three-year research project by the Yukon Status of Women Council. She interviewed 22 women currently or formerly working in the territory's sex trade, as well as representatives from around 30 different organizations that may encounter those women, from the RCMP and the Department of Health and Social Services, to Blood Ties Four Directions and the Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre.
The study was deed to provide a look into the dynamics of sex work and the trafficking of women and girls in the territory.
Formal sex work might involve a paid escort running her own business. Hrenchuk points out that it's legal to offer sexual services in Canada, and she believes there's no issue if a woman is in the business by choice. The informal sex trade is a bigger concern for her, as it involves women exchanging sex "for food, for transportation, for shelter, to supplement their minimum wage jobs, to buy a birthday present for their child, to supplement their social assistance, and some women, for reasons of addiction. Or they're in such poverty or have so few choices.
As she discovered more about Yukon's sex trade, Hrenchuk was surprised by how often women exchange sex for basic necessities. We pride ourselves on being a caring community here, yet there are women who are trading sex for a place to stay or for food. She says she is "intensely saddened and intensely enraged that some of these things are going on here, underneath our noses. And that some good citizens of Whitehorse are the clients of these services. Hrenchuk says most transactions happen over the internet.
Women develop their own personal client lists, or clients advertise what they're looking for. She's heard of girls as young as ten, and women as old as 59, engaging in the sex trade in Yukon.
For her study, Hrenchuk adopted the Canadian Women's Foundation's definition that any girl recruited for sexual exploitation who is under the age of consent has been trafficked. Hrenchuk says women and girls are lured or trafficked to Yukon with promises of money, drugs and other benefits. Her research shows women and girls are trafficked between Whitehorse and Yukon's smaller rural communities, as well as between Yukon, the N. It's not just for pure research sake, or to have a sensational headline.
It's to try to improve women's lives and improve the choices that are available for women in the territory. There aren't any services in Yukon geared toward women in the sex trade. For Hrenchuk, that means it's important to make existing organizations and agencies safe places where women can feel comfortable being open about their experiences. As part of the project, Hrenchuk has created a "Community of Practice", which brings together stakeholders and organizations that may encounter women in the sex trade, from the government to the RCMP, charities and social services.
The group has met regularly for the last year to examine Hrenchuk's research findings and look at ways they can take action in their respective fields. She wants social agencies to focus on crucial transition points in women's lives — group homes, or a release from jail — and work to make them safer.
She says "predators" such as pimps and dealers wait for vulnerable women they can lure into the sex trade. Hrenchuk also believes it's critical to provide better employment opportunities and housing resources for women in the territory. Women won't be forced into making these kinds of decisions.
For those in the sex trade, Hrenchuk recommends having a safety plan, working in groups and keeping a cellphone on hand.
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