Beyond a woman’s choice: the real story of prostitution in Canada

The issue of prostitution in Canada has been left mostly uncovered. The debate in the public sphere tends to centre around questions of “women’s choices,” and the left chants “sex work is work” in an effort to frame the problems in the sex trade as being resolvable via regulation and labour standards. Meanwhile, the men who pay for sex and exploit women in trade are ignored.

In this episode, I speak with Andrea Heinz and Kathy King, co-authors of a soon-to-be-released book, When Men Buy Sex: Who Really Pays? Canadian Stories of Exploitation, Survival, and Advocacy.

Andrea Heinz is a Canadian feminist who spent seven years in Edmonton’s licensed and regulated sex trade. She is completing a University degree in Governance, Law & Management and is married with three young children.

Kathy King is a clinical social worker (BA, BSW, MSW) with over five decades of professional employment and volunteer advocacy. In 1997, her passion became personal when she lost her only daughter to drug addiction, mental illness, and exploitation. Her story is shared at Kathy lives in Edmonton with her husband.

Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.