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End The Blood Ban

Sex, Scandal and Scapegoats: Canada's Blood Donation Ban for Selling Sexual Services

NEWS UPDATE: Triple-X Submission to Health Canada regarding the Application by Canadian Blood Services for a one-year donation deferral for people selling sexual services

In Canada currently, if you have "traded sex for money or drugs since 1977," there is a lifetime ban from donating blood. On May 27, 2022, Canadian Blood Services announced that the indefinite deferral on blood donations for trading sex for money would be reduced to one year pending approval from Health Canada.

Triple-X has submitted a brief to officials at Health Canada in support of removing the lifetime ban for sex workers. In the submission, Triple-X calls for the removal of all questions regarding sexual services transactions. "Sexual activity, not commercial activity, contributes to increased risk of sexually transmitted blood-borne infection (STBBI). Questions need to focus on sexual acts only."

Triple-X also asks that Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada endorse and advocate for the decriminalization of the purchase of sexual services (Criminal Code Section 286.1). "Occupational health and safety, and sex workers' role in the safe sex education of their clients, are important avenues to promote STBBI prevention."

Triple-X's submission to Health Canada includes a Special Edition full-colour insert featuring sex worker safe sex education in Canada from 1985 to 1995 to commemorate the 24th International AIDS Conference Montreal, 29 July - 2 August 2022. Triple-X is also distributing a commemorative enamel pin as part of their education campaign about Canadian blood donation policies for sex workers.

You can read the submission to Health Canada, here: Sex, Scandal and Scapegoats: Canada's Blood Donation Ban for Selling Sexual Services.

Triple-X Press Release: "Sex, Scandal and Scapegoats: Canada's Blood Donation Ban for Selling Sexual Services", July 27, 2022



Justice Committee Report No. 4

Canada's Justice Committee Recommends Parliament Repeal Sections of Criminal Code

June 22, 2022, the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights tabled their report: "Preventing Harm in the Canadian Sex Industry: A Review of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Act." Parliament is on summer recess since June 23 and will not resume until September 19.

The Justice Committee has recommended parliament repeal two laws: Criminal Code s.213 [Communicating to Provide Sexual Services] and s.286.4 [Advertising Sexual Services]. The Justice Committee has also recommended the repeal of four sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations that make migrants working in the sex industry unable to report incidents without fear of deportation. There are 17 recommendations total.

Triple-X submitted a brief which received mention on pg. 31 (pg. 41 of PDF):

"Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association of B.C.'s brief states that the law does not contemplate sex workers organizing unions or professional associations or the possibility of such organizations collecting membership dues, and providing services such as advertising and promotion of the industry. They call for amendments to clearly permit such organizing by sex workers."

Triple-X Press Release: Canada's Justice Committee Recommends Parliament Repeal Sections of Criminal Code, June 23, 2022

Read more about how the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act violates sex workers' Freedom to Associate: triple-x.org/freedomtoassociate.



Red Umbrella March 2022

10th Annual RED UMBRELLA MARCH For Sex Work Solidarity

Saturday, June 11, 2022, marked the 10th annual Vancouver Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity. This year, the Red Umbrella March was more important than ever, because the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights is set to release its report on Canada's new laws that prohibit the purchase of sexual services (Criminal Code s. 286) before June 23. For more information: triple-x.org/freedomtoassociate

The annual Red Umbrella March is held in Vancouver every second Saturday in June to commemorate the first Red Umbrellas March in Venice, June 8, 2001. Just as the Venice Red Umbrellas March was determined to disrupt the public sphere and draw attention to the historical and geographical social history of sex workers, Vancouver's Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity strives to draw lines through time and space that show that sex workers are loved and revered in our communities, regardless of perceived stigma and prejudice.


RUM2022 – Video footage by Bill M. Powers, Saturday, June 11, 2022

Our message came through, loud and clear it seems, according to this very supportive reporting in two of B.C.'s mainstream media:


RUM2022 – BC CTV News at 6, Saturday, June 11, 2022


RUM2022 – Early morning Global BC News, Sunday, June 12, 2022

In addition, Vancouver City Hall was lit in red to mark the milestone event. Thank you to Kit at PACE Society and City of Vancouver, and to Louise for riding her bicycle up to City Hall and taking such beautiful photos:

Vancouver City Hall lights up red for RUM 2022. Photo: Louise Boilevin
Vancouver City Hall lights up red for RUM 2022. Photo: Louise Boilevin.

As president of Triple-X, I would like to extend our deep thanks and gratitude to our co-sponsors who really pitched this year to create such a successful milestone event: Pivot Legal Society, PACE Society, SWAN Vancouver Society, B.C. Coalition of Experiential Communities (BCCEC) and the B.C. Bad Dates and Aggressors Reporting Project (BCBDAR).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sex Workers, Allies, Family and Friends Mark 10 Years Fighting Unjust Laws: Vancouver's 10th Annual Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity, June 7, 2022



RUM 2021 Virtual – Hookers' Rights Hero

Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity celebrated its 9th year with a virtual slideshow video commemorating the life of Margo St. James: Hookers' Rights Avant-Garde. (Run-time: 31 minutes)


RUM2021 Virtual – 9th Annual Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity, Saturday, June 12, 2021



‘CODE:RED’ – RUM 2020 Goes Virtual!

Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity celebrated its 8th year with a virtual slideshow video featuring the history of Red Umbrellas marches around the world, and the last 7 years in Vancouver! Soundtrack by Kelsey Lu.


CODE:RED – Virtual 8th Annual Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity, Saturday, June 13, 2020



It's up to sex workers whether or not to ask clients for proof of COVID-19 vaccination, says B.C. advocate, Georgia Straight, September 3, 2021

Triple-X in the News!

  • It's up to sex workers whether or not to ask clients for proof of COVID-19 vaccination, says B.C. advocate, Georgia Straight, September 3, 2021
    "Sorfleet noted that sex workers 'for decades have been implementing risk-reduction strategies for all kinds of infectious diseases that protect both the worker and the client.'"
  • B.C. sex workers' group confronts stigma around STDs, Georgia Straight, July 21, 2020
    "I feel this is a direct barrier to legal reforms that would make sex work a legal business – and a direct barrier to a professional association for sex workers," Sorfleet maintained. "The Public Health Agency of Canada needs to endorse decriminalization of prostitution, because occupational health and safety is an important avenue to address STBBI prevention."
  • B.C. sex workers' association says federal law kills membership drives, Georgia Straight, July 16, 2020
    "It means we are prohibited from collecting annual membership dues and we're prohibited from recruiting new members because we would most definitely be counselling and encouraging people to work in the sex industry," Sorfleet said. "So it stands right in the way of sex workers being able to form their own association."



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  • Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association of B.C.
    P.O. Box 3075, Station Terminal
    Vancouver, B.C.  V6B 3X6
  • Web: Triple-X.org
  • E-mail: info@triple-x.org

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