Great news from POWER this morning! It was unanimously decided that SWUAV (Downtown East Side Sex Workers United Against Violence) be granted Public Interest Standing with regards to the Missing and Murdered Women’s Inquiry in BC.

A Society whose objects include improving conditions for female sex workers in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and K, who worked as such for 30 years, launched a Charter challenge to the prostitution provisions of the Criminal Code. The chambers judge found that they should not be granted either public or private interest standing to pursue their challenge; the British Columbia Court of Appeal, however, granted them both public interest standing.

Read the whole Decision here.