The Myths of “Ending Demand” for Prostitution

An interdisciplinary panel discussion  

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011


Moot Court Room, Flavelle House

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

78 Queen’s Park Cr, Toronto, Ontario

 Conservative MP Joy Smith’s public campaign to criminalize the purchase of sexual services reflects a troubling global campaign to “end demand” for prostitution.  “End demand” campaigns are premised on an absolutist view of prostitution as exploitation, wherein all sex workers are cast as victims, and all clients as perpetrators.  This panel will address the harmful consequences of “end demand” strategies, with a view to advancing alternative social and legal policies that can make a difference for socially marginalized workers in and beyond the sex industry.
An interdisciplinary panel discussion with:

Susan Davis     Current sex worker of 25 years; Development coordinator, West Coast cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals, Vancouver

 Kara Gillies    Representative, Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Ummni Khan   Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Carleton University

Emilie Laliberte   Director-General, Chez Stella, l’aime de Maimie, Montréal

Emily van der Meulen    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Criminal Justice & Criminology, Ryerson University

 Moderated by Lisa Kelly, S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

Introduction by Rebecca Cook, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

 Sponsored by: The International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (

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