"Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back"
Sex workers are often the "objects" of study for academics and policy makers.
Theories about their lives and the policies that affect their work are usually
developed without input from the sex workers themselves, as they are rarely
seen as capable of analyzing the social and political world in which they work.
this book, however, sex workers set the tone. Leslie
Ann Jeffrey and Gayle MacDonald interview sex workers in three Maritime cities
and those who work around them: police, health-care providers, community
workers/advocates, members of neighbourhood associations, and politicians. The
sex workers discuss such issues as violence and safety, health and risk,
politics and policy, media influence, and public perception of the trade,
portraying the best and the worst facets of their working lives and expressing
sentiments refreshingly at odds with commonly held opinions.