Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Dr. Stacey Hannem
Dr. Antony Christensen
Dr. Emily van der Meulen
The present study is a qualitative analysis of the Online Public Consultation of Prostitution -Related Offences (OPCPRO), conducted by the Canadian Department of Justice in 2014. This research describes themes that arose within the discourses of respondents to the OPCPRO, and offers a critical examination of the use of online consultations in the production of public policy. I argue that respondents to the OPCPRO, regardless of their support or opposition for criminalization of sex work, strategically draw on values echoed within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to frame their policy propositions as consistent with sex workers individual rights. I also argue that the execution of the OPCPRO parallels the usage of online crowdsourcing by the private sector, and that this is a problematic method of soliciting the input of the public to create new policy.
Horan, Ryan, "The Use of Public Consultation to Construct Sex Work Related Policies" (2019). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 2224.