I know there have been many meetings (and even a few public ones!) in Kamloops about the street level sex trade in our community. As I mentioned earlier, though, this current wave of discussion and interest has been staggering to me. I have had more public feedback on the sex trade comments I made than on any other issue. Two weeks later, letters to the editor are still appearing the papers, and I am still getting emails and phone calls.
I think I have to take a back seat, and try to faciliate some concerted community effort. I am going to organize a community meeting, likely in the next month.
A couple of challenges that I see:
- Not allowing emotions or close mindedness to stifle a respectful, open discussion.
- Taking the talking forward into concrete actions.
- Getting me to shut up. I really need to take a back seat here and trust the wisdom of others.
If anybody sees other challenges or ideas to address the challenges above, I am absolutely listening.
The huge potential benefit is to make things happen that can make life better for a lot of different people - the sex trade workers, the people living near where sex trade workers work, and the businesses trying ti make an honest buck on the "current strolls".
I know this is ambitious but I belief in this community. When we work together, we can achieve great amazing things.