People fighting to end violence against sex-trade workers have a busy day on Monday (December 17).
That’s when families of women picked up from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by convicted murderer Robert Pickton will learn the results of the inquiry conducted by former attorney general Wally Oppal into why police failed to stop the killings of their relatives.
This coincides with the 10th commemoration of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
After Oppal’s report is released and his comments are live-streamed (starting at 1 p.m.), members of the Sex Workers United Against Violence Society and their supporters will meet at the offices of Pivot Legal Society for a press conference at 5:30 p.m. Holding red umbrellas—the symbol for sex workers’ rights—participants will later march to the corner of Raymur Avenue and East Cordova Street and under the Hastings Viaduct. At 7 p.m., they will proceed on foot along East Hastings Street and over to Venables Street for an indoor event at the Prophouse Café organized by Vancouver dominatrix Mz. Scream of the adult networking site NakedTruth.ca.
Like many, Mz. Scream believes that the Oppal inquiry was flawed on several grounds, from its narrow scope to its failure to summon several witnesses, and she told the Straight by phone: “It was not done properly.”