Author: Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network)
Published January 2021 by Butterfly, available here.
From the Summary
When COVID-19 was first announced in January 2020, Asian workers received the brunt of discrimination and rampant racism. Asian and migrant women working in massage parlours* and the sex industry also faced increased racism and discrimination, and Asian communities are often blamed for the virus itself. Despite sex workers being experts of addressing the pandemic in its early days, they have been left out of emergency responses and government aid.
This report provides a summary of the results from the 106 participants who responded to the survey, detailing how they are affected by COVID-19 and their challenges with accessing government financial supports. Respondents are based in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding areas.