BC Hookers get media training for Olympics, paid for by the taxpayer?

According to the Times & Transcript,

VANCOUVER – Vancouver sex trade workers need to know their rights when dealing with cameras and reporters and will be offered media training leading up to the 2010 Olympic Games, an advocacy group said.

The Prostitution Alternatives Counselling and Education Society (PACE) will hold the session in November.

“We just want our members to feel safe in the neighbourhood in which they live and safe to work in the neighbourhood in which they live,” said spokeswoman Kerry Porth.

“We find sometimes that media attention to the area can be a little less than compassionate and we don’t want them to feel like animals in a zoo during that time.”

Kevin Gaudet of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation asks on Twitter, “Hookers get media training for Olympics. Are taxpayers paying for this?” and provides a link to the T&T article.

Kevin, the answer is probably yes.

Comments

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  • Blues Clair

    Excellent news. Well done PACE. Thanks for the heads up Stephen… sometimes the Conservative Government really comes through for the most vulnerable in society.

  • David

    Let the games begin…Faster ,higher and errr harder?

  • east of eden

    But – would it not be better to get these women out of this trade? If they are vulnerable, then they should be given the opportunity to get out of the business and into something less dangerous.

    Blues Clair – the CPC government does a lot to help the vulnerable but the MSM just doesn't report it because they're too busy dissing the PM.

  • simon

    Wow

    First we have gov’t sponsoring safe injection sites….

    and now we have government sponsoring yet more safe injection sites.

    Who woulda thunk ?

  • Ronald

    E of E:
    Bullseye – This is so true about the Media whose ultimate goal is to prop up the Libs, who are on a train to nowhere. The queen of gossip (Jane) and we all know the rest of the usual suspects whom I won't bother to mention put on their usual unprofessional performance. QP on Sunday was a sham which is customary and hopefully most of the newspapers who are closing will also comprise an equal amount of fodder. If they are undecided about who to give the heave-ho, I would gladly recommend some names – free of charge.
    It's not like they are “biased” or anything, however, the consistent whining is worse than a 747's engines at full power.

  • terry1

    So you would like to get these women out of tade which is the oldest form of employment in the world?

    Good luck. As long as there are men with penises there will be prostitution and the government is doing the right thing in the way they are helping them. In fact if prostitution was legalized the pimps would probably no longer exist. Imagine the regressive reformers trying to sell that in their church basements.

  • east of eden

    Wow, did you ever miss the point. Prostitution is one of those professions which women do not enter by choice. I do believe in legalized prostitution simply because it is one of the oldest professions and because it will provide a safe working environment for these women. However, for the majority who enter prostitution out of desperation, I would prefer to see their situations changed so that they can escape this horrible life.

    I have the impression, from your comment, that you believe that these women should not be helped out of this profession. How cruel and mean is that?

  • terry1

    e of e…More narrow minded reading of what people say and write. I said I agreed with them getting help and that help can be one of getting them out of the trade. I also said prostitution is not going away.

    Open your mind and let the air in.

  • Richard

    Unfortunately, men don't abuse and murder prostituted women because prostitution is illegal. Legalizing it will only give legitimacy to the belief that men should have unfettered access to women's bodies; it has never been shown that legalization makes the women involved safer.
    That said, change to the status quo must be made, and Canada would do well to examine the Swedish model, which decriminalizes the women and enforces penalties against the men, usually a jail term or stiff fine. It has worked to great success in Sweden, reducing prostitution by a significant amount while also providing avenues for women to escape the Hobbesian life of prostitution.

  • Richard

    Unfortunately, men don't abuse and murder prostituted women because prostitution is illegal. Legalizing it will only give legitimacy to the belief that men should have unfettered access to women's bodies; it has never been shown that legalization makes the women involved safer.
    That said, change to the status quo must be made, and Canada would do well to examine the Swedish model, which decriminalizes the women and enforces penalties against the men, usually a jail term or stiff fine. It has worked to great success in Sweden, reducing prostitution by a significant amount while also providing avenues for women to escape the Hobbesian life of prostitution.