Sunday, November 3, 2013

British Columbia Sexual Services Research (with donations to charity)

(COPY of EMAIL Sent tonight)

Dear Followers,


Since most of you have been recipients of my (world famous) BC Safe Sex Update, you will be familiar with my work.  For background details see -http://bcsafesexresearch.ca/.

My reason for sending you this email is to announce the creation of a New Google Group titled - BCSSR-Vancouver, and to invite you to JOIN at - -https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/bcssr-vancouver

The purpose for this new group is to (boldly) go beyond previous discussions and to actually entertain the idea of setting-up a regulated facility (similar to Insite), possibly via an NGO or Social Enterprise, that would enable sexual services to take place in a clean, safe, respectful environment.

The initial facility could possibly be made exempt from any laws (which have not yet been knocked down by the courts)  pertaining to the sale of sexual services, by being classified as a - research - facility (which it would be), conducting evidence-based research on lowering risks and identifying scientifically-proven benefits of sexual services.  Essentially taking a scientific, clinical approach to this issue.

OBJECTIVES
 - Harm-Reduction - reduce the potential risk of harm to those engaging in selling and buying sexual services.
 - Health Benefits - evaluate safely conducted sexual services as a less risky form of stress relief then taking drugs or engaging in other less healthy activities.  Especially those who have been (quietly) suffering.
 - Revenue Generation - generate funds for charity which could be used to help clean-up the DTES, improve health and alleviate poverty.
 - Rewards - Explore ways to use the facility as a way to reward those who have done "great things" for the - city, province, country, world - in improving the human condition.

Feel free to pass this email onto others who you think may also be interested in joining this important discussion.

Thank-you, sincerely,
Rick Orser
P: 604-325-0725
E: rick.orser@bcsafesexresearch.ca

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Defending the #Rights of the #Horny

c/o City of Vancouver Mayor and Council (cc Chief of Police & Premier of BC)

Dear Mayor Robertson & Council,

I appreciate the "paradigm-shift" that I have been reading about taking place at City Hall and the VPD and new efforts that are taking place in light of the Missing Women Inquiry to move away from "enforcement" towards "root-cause analysis".  

I am however concerned about terminology.  "Vice" is a good term even if it carries "moral-implications", vice covers such things as the use (or abuse) of such products as alcohol, tobacco & drugs, or services such as gambling and prostitution (sexual services).  Moral implications need to be recognized as they relate to the individual (their behavior) and their Rights on one hand to consume such things along with their Responsibilities on the other, not to cause damage to themselves (or others including all of society).

The extent to which "vice" is tolerated in any given society is determined by public attitudes and expressed through government policy and laws.  Vice has traditionally been associated with immorality such as attributing one who uses vice to having bad morals.  It is the different view of morality in our society that has changed, not vice itself, and to a large extent this is good as it recognizes the human need for such things as stress relief....  Our challenge now is to decide how far this should go without creating a "moral hazard" a slippery slope in which "everything goes"....  My own view is that vice should be used as a way to reward (healthy) good behavior, not used as a way to excuse (unhealthy) bad behavior.

Another term that concerns me is "Counter Exploitation Unit" which is being set-up to help "protect" Street-Level Sex Trade Workers...  No offense as I know the intentions are good, but this term immediately strikes me as reflecting badly on buyers of sex from street level sex trade workers, essentially painting all buyers as "exploiters".  Even though street level (low cost, usually taking place in cars) sex trade only represents 20% of the sex trade (as discussed in my previous research reporting), and it is of course the most dangerous way to offer (or buy) such services compared to services offered indoors.  It is, however, still relatively safe considering the enormous (drive-through) volume of usage of these services.  One bad apple (Picton) should not be used to paint all buyers of these services in a bad light.  Where would these girls be without buyers of their services ?  They would probably need to steal or engage in other crimes to support their drug habit (which most of them have which keeps them from working safely indoors with others).

As a matter of fact, street level sex trade workers are already committing a crime just by working on the street... they are essentially marketing services on the street without a business licence such as a street vending license which even lowly hot dog stands need to get....

The argument that these girls are "forced" onto the streets is not true as 80% of Sex Work takes place indoors... Yes, in a grey area legally... but as you know these laws have recently been knocked down....  These girls are purposely putting themselves at risk in a similar fashion to snowboarders who go out of bounds on the mountain, getting lost, then forcing the rest of us to go looking for them or spending a lot of money to pay experts to risk their lives rescuing them.  All in the name of getting their "fix" or "high".... 

I understand that to make things safer for the street level sex workers that cameras have been installed on some streets, unfortunately these do not record licence plate numbers and cars take the girls out of the neighborhood anyway.... A better option might be to use a - parkade - that has been designated for this purpose... that would record license numbers when cars drive in.... and collect a small fee when they leave.  Shower and washroom facilities could be available for Sellers and Buyers as well as a depot with condoms & lube, etc....  Along with maybe even a Bike Rack.  Safe sex practices and rehab could also be available and encouraged.  Cameras and security patrols could help maintain safety.

As discussed, the sexual services these girls typically provide are usually quick & simple, usually oral gratification leading to orgasm (also called a blowjob and sometimes called "playing the flute" (for those who are artistically inclined)).  Costs for this service is usually around $20 and is useful for those on a budget or those who are shy about using indoor facilities.


What I am saying is there needs to be greater balance in terms of respect for both the Sellers as well as the Buyers of sexual services and the terminology (like the "paradigm-shift") needs to reflect this...
 - See my posting on PERB for further discussion - Oodles of dollars are available to conduct "root-cause analysis"

"Those who deny human nature are consumed by it"

Thanks
Rick
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