‘What happened in Atlanta is not an isolated incident, but incidents of violence driven by racism in Canada is also a growing problem.
After a white gunman killed eight people — including six Asian women — in Atlanta on Tuesday night, many Asian Canadians are speaking out, calling for an end to anti-Asian racism in Canada and for more to be done to protect migrants and sex workers
On Wednesday, hours after the deadly shootings, community groups across the country issued a joint news release voicing outrage and heartbreak over the killings, saying the violence at three Atlanta-area massage parlours is only a symptom of a much larger problem.
“What happened in Atlanta is not an isolated incident, but a horrific example of a large rising tide of anti-Asian racism ,” said the statement released by the Chinese Canadian National Council’s (CCNC) Toronto Chapter, Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network and SWAN Vancouver and Toronto’s Nail Technicians’ Network, among other groups.
Police have said the suspect in the shootings, Robert Aaron Long, 21, told them his actions were not racially motivated. But for Asian communities that have experienced an uptick in hate since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the violence is yet another painful blow in a pattern that’s been all too familiar in recent months.
It’s not a burden that we as Asian Canadians must bear alone. I call on everybody else to stand with us and to stop this.- Jan Wong
Lack of legal protection for migrant sex workers: advocates
Alison Clancey, executive director of SWAN Vancouver, an organization that promotes the rights, health and safety of immigrant and migrant women engaged in indoor sex work, says there’s little to no legal or labour protection for migrant or immigrant women working in indoor sex work in Canada.
“Anti-trafficking laws, prostitution laws and immigration policies impede these women from coming forward to report violence,” she said. Clancey’s organization has served about 500 women this year.
She says Asian and migrant women who engage in sex work have never been protected from discrimination, violence and racism in Canada, pointing to a Toronto massage parlour attack in February 2020 that left a 24-year-old woman dead.
Clancey said migrant sex workers often don’t turn to authorities to report violence and racism fearing they’ll become the target of a prostitution or trafficking investigation herself, or be arrested and deported under immigration policy.
Source link: CBC News March 17 2021
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