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Police Must Stop Ticketing Sex Workers Through The Pandemic

We're thrilled to announce our partnership with Deniqua Edwards and The Biking Lawyer to support local providers impacted by ticketing from Toronto Police and bylaw enforcement officers through the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you're a sex worker who has been ticketed under the City of Toronto's latest COVID-19 Guidelines we're working with The Biking Lawyer to provide legal supports! Read details about the partnership from Deniqua Edwards! If you’re approached by an officer concerning a COVID-19 offence, protect yourself by taking the following steps:

  1. If they ask for you to identify yourself, do so. Provide your correct name, contact information and address;

  2. Remain calm, and do not attempt to negotiate with them or explain why you should not be ticketed;

  3. If the Officer tries to engage you further after getting your contact information, ask them: “Am I being detained? Do I need a lawyer?”;

  4. Remove yourself from the area as soon as possible;

  5. If you receive a ticket, take a clear picture of the front and back of the ticket as soon as you can, and put it in a safe place;

  6. As soon as possible, write down a detailed description of the day’s events. Include any circumstances that led you to be ticketed;

  7. Place all the information you collected in a safe space; and,

  8. Seek legal advice.

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