Prostitution Canada

Bill C-36: Why We Are Targeting Pimps and Johns

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Prostitution is not driven by poverty. Prostitution is driven by men who desire to purchase women and youth for sex. That is why, for the first time in Canadian history, our government has brought forward legislation that aggressively targets the pimps and johns who fuel the demand for this activity with tough penalties.

Let's Hear It From The Johns?

CBC | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Politics

Sex, with a few notable exceptions, is a physical act undertaken by two people. When money changes hands, it's called prostitution. And that&apos...

Althia Raj

Why The Tories Are Keeping Quiet On Prostitution Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government’s efforts to crack down on prostitution by targeting johns and pimps may have alienated some of its own suppo...

Tories' Prostitution Law A Mess That's Destined To Fail

Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Tencer

Pity poor Peter MacKay. He looks like he's having about as much fun rewriting Canada's prostitution laws as he would be having if he had to perform a root canal on himself using nothing but a crochet needle and a compact mirror. Who could blame him? Trying to find the right law to reflect current attitudes on prostitution isn't exactly easy. The odds are good that Canada's prostitution laws will be back before the country's highest courts soon enough. Why? Because the new legislation fails to address the fundamental problems that caused Canada's prostitution laws to be challenged and struck down in the first place.

Arresting Pimps Doesn't Make Sex Workers Safer: Advocates

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Odd nighttime hours, secluded areas of the city and a pervasive reluctance to report safety concerns were all conditions a Vancouver woman...

Canada's Having a Prostitution Debate, Just Not an Informed One

Irwin Cotler | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

The Government released a report on its consultations regarding Parliament's response to the Supreme Court decision last December striking down several prostitution-related offences in the Criminal Code. Regrettably, the information made available about the consultations raises more questions than it answers, and leads one to query whether an informed debate will occur.

Prostitution Bill Will Aim To Protect 'Vulnerable Individuals': MacKay

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's forthcoming prostitution bill will be aimed at "protecting vulnerable individuals," says Justice Minister Peter...

Feds Want To Hear From You On Prostitution Laws

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government wants to hear from the public about how to rewrite the prostitution laws that were struck down by the Supreme Cou...

Prostitution Isn't a Nuisance, It's Violence Against Women

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

For far too long, Canada's approach to prostitution has been to treat prostitution, and specifically the women involved in it, as a nuisance and not as a form of violence against women. This approach must change. We must shift our approach to recognize that women in prostitution have the right to dignity, equality and most of all, to be free from exploitation and violence.

Feds Not Impressed With Provinces Tossing Prostitution Charges

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Several provinces say they will not be prosecuting prostitution-related offences that were struck down as unconstitutional by Canada's highe...

First Pot, Now Prostitution

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - First it was pot; now it's prostitution.Liberals broke new ground at their last national policy convention, becoming the first federal party ...

The Week In Review: How the Government Can Fix Canada's Prostitution Laws

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Marni Soupcoff

Now that the government's hand has been forced, let's hope it will take the view of prostitution it should have all along: seeing and treating it as work. Work that can involve danger and nuisance, yes. Work that most of us would strongly prefer our grown children did not choose. But work just the same. And work that will take place whether the government bans it or not. As the Supreme Court's decision recognized, harsh criminal penalties aren't an acceptable way to address the harms of the sex trade because these penalties just force prostitution underground, making life unconscionably dangerous for sex-workers.

Prostitution Laws Gone: What You Need To Know

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Here are five things to know about Friday's Supreme Court of Canada ruling on prostitution:WHAT: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the k...

Twitter Reacts To Supreme Court's Prostitution Decision

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

Canada's Supreme Court struck down sections of the country's prostitution laws on Friday. The move is seen as a significant victory for sex worker...

Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Laws

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada started the clock ticking Friday for Parliament to reshape social policy dealing with the world's oldest professi...

Anti-Prostitution Laws Struck Down

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A landmark Supreme Court ruling that could reshape Canada's sex trade comes down Friday — 34 years after the court last upheld the country...

Canada's Prostitution Laws Are Back at the Supreme Court

Steven Skurka | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

This week the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a landmark appeal in the case of Terri Jean Bedford that challenges the constitutional validity of the sexual solicitation and bawdy house laws. The court will also consider whether the criminal offence of living on the avails of prostitution should be limited to situations of exploitative conduct.

Risky Business? B.C. Prostitutes Take On Laws

CP | Rebekah Funk, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Sheryl Kiselbach has worked in the sex trade nearly half her life, and at 62 years old, she has expertise she said Canada's highest court ...

Hey Sailor! What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Prostitution

Alison Bass | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Alison Bass

Just as Canada has provided us with a model for affordable health care, our neighbors to the north may also be leading the way on another key issue: prostitution and reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Legal Brothels? Feds Are Going To Fight

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Canada's three main prostitution-control laws appear destined for scrutiny by the country's highest court after the federal government annou...

Does Police Repression Make Prostitution More Dangerous?

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - It wasn't so long ago that prostitutes were a common sight on Montreal's historic lower Main, standing on street corners in high-heeled boo...