Sex Worker Rights

Lawyers: Frances Mahon, Aidan Campbell

Sex work is real work, and sex workers deserve the same rights granted to everyone else! Our founder and principal Frances Mahon has dedicated her career to advancing these issues in the courtroom and beyond. She is one of the only lawyers in Canada with both significant legal experience and cultural competence with issues impacting sex workers.

Here is what one client has to say about our work:

“Frances has given me priceless legal advice and guidance over the past few years. Given the nature of sex work, I require the assistance of someone familiar with the work and its community. Frances has a keen understanding of the challenges sex workers face, and provides advice and guidance with dignity, empathy, professionalism, and discretion. She is the first person I think on when recommending a lawyer to my colleagues. I can’t thank her enough for all she’s done for myself and the sex worker community in general.”

Mahon & Company regularly provides advice to sex workers and advocacy organizations throughout Canada on their rights and obligations under the law. We help people who are dealing with criminal charges and immigration issues, as well as victims of harassment and other crimes. We also provide advice about the challenges sex workers may face when crossing borders, particularly the U.S. and Canada. Don’t worry if your issue doesn’t fit into these categories – life is complicated! We are lawyers who “get it” and we will treat you with the respect you deserve. Contact us to see how we can help.

A small sampling of Frances Mahon’s advocacy for sex worker rights includes:

“Sex work and the legal profession”, a panel discussion for the Canadian Bar Association on how the legal profession can better support and work alongside sex workers in BC, and on the constitutional issues that are raised by criminal and immigration laws deal with sex work.

Appearing as a witness at the Senate on Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

Working with Maggie’s Toronto and Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network on issues of by-law enforcement and deportation for migrant massage parlour workers in Toronto

As a law student, Frances worked with the legal team for Terri-Jean Bedford, Valerie Scott and Amy Lebovitz on Bedford v. Canada, the landmark Supreme Court of Canada case which sought to improve safety and security for sex workers

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