People who sell sex have a message for the prime minister in this marathon election campaign.
“Sex workers are going to tell Stephen Harper to beat it,” Andrew Sorfleet told the Straight in a phone interview.
Sorfleet is the president of Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association of B.C., a group that opposed the passage of Bill C-36, a Conservative measure that criminalized for the first time in Canadian history the purchase of sexual services.
On June 13, sex workers and their supporters voiced displeasure over the country’s version of the Nordic model for prostitution in the annual Red Umbrella March held in downtown Vancouver. They believe that the legislation puts sex workers in harm's way.
As Sorfleet recalled from that event, the protesters came “with the FU sign for Harper”.
“We intend to build on that energy,” he said about how sex workers will make their voices heard in the campaign leading up to the October 19 federal election.
According to the advocate, they’re looking at coming up with an online campaign like the #heavesteve2015.
“People don’t realize that many sex workers are also political people,” Sorfleet said. “And they’re not just political about sex work. They have lots of issues like the environment or Bill-C51. There are many ways that Harper has put off Canadians, and sex workers are among them.”
“I mean there are sex workers who would normally be Conservative,” Sorfleet continued. “They won’t be voting Conservative in this election.”