The B.C. Coalition of Experiential Women (BCCEW) was formed out of two regional meetings of women in and from the sex industry in 2002 and 2004. In 2005 we became a consortium of sex worker activists mandated as a mechanism for the voices of experiential women to support the development of legislation and policies; peer driven programs and services; and work toward the elimination of oppressive systems and forces that create harm within the sex industry.
The BCCEW has since become the BC Coalition of Experiential Communities to include members representing male and trans sex workers.
BCCEC is currently project driven and consists of members who have over 40 years combined experience in advocacy, direct service delivery and management, as well as over 80 years experience in all facets of the sex industry. The BCCEC remains grounded in the issues of individuals in and from the sex industry and may serve as a:
- consultative body of perspectives on sex work issues;
- a host organization for sex worker workshops, events and initiatives;
- research body to increase sex workers’ participation in knowledge development by and for workers
- support system for self advocating sex working people through sharing knowledge and experience working in human rights, labor rights and within government at all levels.
BCCEC members have been major contributors to sex worker organizations in Vancouver BC, Kamloops, Prince George and Surrey/Whalley, most notably the Mobile Access Project, The Naked Truth ( an online resource who also host events like “Dancers for Cancer”) New Hope (Prince George drop in program), among other organizations.
We support diverse perspectives and experiences in the sex industry however we do not support enforcement or rehabilitation models that promote the continued criminalization of sex workers or perpetuate sex worker dependency on social programs.
The BCCEC is a mechanism for the voices of experiential communities to:
- influence legislation and policies that provide for sex workers inclusion;
- advocate for a continuum of peer driven programs, initiatives and services to support those who are forced into the sex industry to transition safely;
- Advocate for the rights of sex industry workers to work free from harm and enjoy the benefits of their labour.