Punished for Strength: Sex Worker Activism and the Anti-Trafficking Movement


  • Ava Rose


Sex work, Human trafficking, Canada




This article is a reflection on my work as a sex worker and activist amid the global concern over human trafficking. I highlight the challenges that sex workers can experience as we attempt to position ourselves within discursive frameworks that define us by our injuries. I contend that the focus on injuries risks obscuring the varied experiences of performing sexual labour, the contributions to knowledge made by sex working people, and the solidarity within sex working communities.



Cet article est une réflexion sur mon travail comme tra­vailleuse du sexe et militante au sein de la préoccupation internationale au sujet de la traite des personnes. Je sou­ligne les défis que peuvent rencontrer les travailleuses du sexe lorsqu’elles tentent de se positionner au sein de cadres discursifs qui les définissent par les préjudices qu’elles subissent. Je soutiens que l’accent mis sur les préjudices risque d’obscurcir la variété des expériences du travail sexuel, les contributions aux connaissances faites par les travailleuses du sexe et la solidarité au sein des communautés du travail du sexe.


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Author Biography

Ava Rose

Ava Rose is a sex worker and author based in Toronto, Canada.


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