Prostitution Laws

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MacKay Open To Amending Prostitution Law

HALIFAX - The federal government is open to amending its proposed prostitution law, but Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the Commons committee reviewing the bill must move quickly to meet a tight de...
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11 Things We Won't Forget

OTTAWA — MPs are expected to pack up their bags on Friday and head home to their constituencies. The spring sitting has been particularly bitter, with the NDP and Conservatives, especially, at each o...

Your "Feelings" About Sex Work Shouldn't Be Laws

Is sex work inherently and irredeemably wicked, as the abolitionsts would have us conclude? Or is it in fact possible to have a morally defensible prostitution? A testing of public values alone will not answer these questions, assuming they are even answerable. Values are an important and necessary starting point for a discussion of public policy, to be sure, but they are only one element of policy. Given that vulnerable lives are going to be affected, the feds are going to need to come up with a solid policy that has something more beneath it than our deeply-held touchy feelies.
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Trudeau Weighs In On Prostitution Debate

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau is keeping a wary distance from a Liberal proposal to legalize, regulate and tax prostitution just like any other commercial enterprise.A resolution to legalize the sex trade i...
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The Week In Review: How the Government Can Fix Canada's Prostitution Laws

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.