June 21, 2021
CCLA wrote a letter to the Town of Newmarket expressing our concerns with proposed amendments to By-Law 2020-31 regarding the licensing of “Personal Wellness Establishments” (PWE), that will disproportionately affect Asian massage workers and businesses, further contributing to systemic anti-Asian racism. The proposed amendments include excessive requirements that are unnecessarily burdensome, discriminatory, and may cause people to lose their jobs and businesses.
In addition, to the extent that these amendments have been discussed in the context of addressing sex work and trafficking, CCLA calls on the Town of Newmarket to treat sex workers in a fair and unbiased manner and promote sex worker safety, dignity, and well-being.
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