Buying Sex is Not a Sport

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Buying Sex is Not a Sport
Date 2009-10
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Buying Sex is Not a Sport: Vancouver Initiative to Prevent Human Trafficking (BSNS) was a grassroots[1] campaign that raised awareness about the human trafficking surrounding the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that facilitated the provision of prostitution for visitors.[2] The campaign was launched on May 22, 2009[3] and was created by academics and former prostitutes.[4] Tara Teng, who was Miss B.C. World at the time, participated in the campaign,[5] as did Trisha Baptie, a former sex worker.[6] Multiple organizations opposing human trafficking were involved in the campaign, including Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity;[7] and Eve.[2] Some campaign participants silently protested against the sex industry outside of Rogers Arena, known at the time as Canada Hockey Place, and outside three of Vancouver's strip clubs.[8] T-shirts and lapel pins sporting the name of the campaign were sold.[9] Former prostitutes who participated in the campaign called for the implementation of prostitution laws in Canada analogous to Sweden's Sex Purchase Act, which makes purchasing sex illegal as a form of violence against women.[10]


  1. ^ "Buying Sex is Not a Sport". Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Buying Sex is NOT a Sport". First Baptist Church. January 22, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Another side to the sporting life". Journal Pioneer. May 23, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lorna Dueck (February 5, 2010). "Sex for sale is hardly sporting". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tara missed". July 8, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Miné Salkin (May 21, 2009). "Buying sex not a sport: Sex work activists". Metro International. 
  7. ^ "Campaign to raise awareness of potential sex trafficking at 2010 Games". CBC News. May 21, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Dharm Makwana (February 24, 2010). "Stopping the sex trade". Cornwall Standard Freeholder. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Catherine Griwkowsky (October 26, 2009). "Human trafficking exposed at forum". Sherwood Park News. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Olympics to draw sex-seekers: groups". Winnipeg Free Press. May 22, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2013.