Exploring the Legal Frameworks which Separate Sex from Labour Trafficking

In this webinar, lawyer Emily Dixon will provide a brief overview on the international and domestic legal frameworks for the prosecution of labour trafficking. Turning to sex trafficking, Emily will critically examine the legal frameworks which separate sex from labour trafficking. Relying on a feminist legal analysis that posits that sex workers are experts in their own lives, she will explore the implications of treating sex trafficking as distinct from labour trafficking. This presentation will conclude by highlighting novel approaches to addressing all types of human trafficking that are led by marginalized persons.

The webinar will be moderated by Jesse Beatson, co-author of a study on Canadian Labour Trafficking, and second-year J.D student at Osgoode Hall Law School.


Emily Dixon

portrait photo of presenter Emily Dixon Emily Dixon is a licensed barrister and solicitor who practices exclusively in the field of criminal defence. She is passionate about social justice and gender equality. She has worked with sex workers and survivors of human trafficking in Toronto, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and Kolkata, India, assisting with front line work, advocacy, non profit governance and law reform. Emily believes that sex workers are experts in their own lives and are key to combating human trafficking. Currently, she volunteers with Butterfly: Asian Migrant and Sex Workers Network and sits on the Board of Directors of METRAC, an organization committed to the eradication of gender based violence.

Jesse Beatson

portrait photo of presenter Jesse Beatson Jesse Beatson is a second-year J.D student at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has co-authored a study on Canadian Labour Trafficking - "The Intersection of Exploitation and Coercion in Cases of Canadian Labour Trafficking" - published in the Journal of Law and Social Policy, and presented this research at the Society of Legal Scholars conference at Oxford University. Jesse is currently at Parkdale Community Legal Services doing a clinical education seminar in the Immigration Division. He holds a Masters degree from McGill University in Transcultural Psychiatry.