Canada Prostitution

'The Hooker Monologues' Aims To Peel Back The Curtain On Sex Work

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada British Columbia

The production's creator is a sister of one of serial killer Robert Pickton's victims.

'Whore Stigma' Worst Barrier For Sex Workers Leaving Trade: Study

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada British Columbia

"It's like there's no escape from this."

Sex Traffickers Stole Our Daughter Away From Us

Joy Smith Foundation | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Joy Smith Foundation

They are stalkers, searching for someone to target and their hunting grounds are convenience stores, in malls, parks and, in Jessica's case, our local recreation centres. We thought that type of crime happened in other countries, not Canada. We were wrong.

In Response to Rentboy Bust, the Case for Decriminalizing Sex Work

Dr. Chris Beyrer | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Chris Beyrer

As the proliferation of online escort services -- gay and straight alike -- suggests, Americans engage in escort services in considerable numbers. Moralism aside, what's the actual harm? We reviewed the available scientific evidence on HIV, other health issues, violence and human rights among sex workers, including among male sex workers -- and gained invaluable insights into the power of decriminalization to reduce harm.

Montreal Grand Prix Sex Tourism Crackdown In Effect

CBC | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Business

On Grand Prix weekend, it's common to see women in skin-tight dresses and miniskirts perched on expensive cars, offering drinks and posing for photo...

MacKay: $20-Million Exit Strategy For Sex Workers 'Over-Subscribed'

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.22.2016 | Canada Politics

ESQUIMALT, B.C. - There are more groups than money available for the government's proposed $20 million plan to get sex workers out of the industry, Ju...

Most Sex Workers and Smuggled Migrants Aren't Being "Trafficked"

Alison Bass | Posted 05.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Alison Bass

What's going on in Libya is not trafficking, but a large-scale effort to smuggle migrants into Europe by men who are often greedy and unscrupulous. In the vast majority of cases, they are smuggling these migrants at their own request. A similar confusion with nomenclature applies to the debate over sex trafficking. There's a problem with calling something by the wrong name.

Feds Bust Canada-Wide Human-Smuggling, Prostitution Ring

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - As many as 500 Asian women were allegedly smuggled into the country to take part in a Canada-wide prostitution ring the RCMP says it has di...

What Happens When a Man Who Buys Sex Learns About Sex Trafficking

Michelle Brock | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living
Michelle Brock

The passage of the new prostitution law has sparked a host of reactions. Many news articles opposing the legislation have been published, and some sex workers say that criminalizing their clients makes their work unsafe. Purchasers of sex are silent on the matter, letting the industry do their bidding while hiding behind the veil of anonymity.

Trudeau Shouldn't Need More Evidence Against the Prostitution of Marginalized People

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

A recent article on Justin Trudeau highlighted the Liberal Leader's position on prostitution as favouring an 'evidence-based approach' that protects marginalized people from violence. He just won't tell you what that approach is. It's time for leaders, in all levels of government, to stop waxing eloquent about "evidence-based" approaches and finally take a stand that protects marginalized women and girls. They are not commodities to be bought and sold. Every vulnerable and marginalized person has value and dignity and Canadian leaders should seek to end their prostitution -- not support it.

MP Joy Smith Should Focus on the Constitution, Not "Pimps and Johns"

Jason Congdon | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Jason Congdon

MP Joy Smith's December 10 editorial declares it "appalling" that 25 members of Toronto City Council asked Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to refer the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act to the Ontario Court of Appeal. In imposing her preferred frame of "survivors of prostitution" versus "pimps and johns," she fails to address the crucial point of the councillors' letter.

More Than 60 Organizations Call For Repeal Of New Prostitution Law

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - More than 60 organizations and agencies from across the country are calling for the non-enforcement and repeal of new prostitution laws that...

Vancouver Service Helps People With Disabilities Have Better Sex

The Huffington Post B.C. | Emily Lazatin | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Like many couples, "Tom" and his wife wanted to spice up their sex life. But they needed someone who could meet their specific needs — someone who k...

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

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 12.27.2014 | 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.

Laws Don't Rape Women. Men Do

Michelle Brock | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michelle Brock

While some women would no doubt make plenty of money by running escort services or choosing a few well-paying clients, the majority of those in prostitution do not have that kind of relative bargaining power. And considering that we share a border with the U.S., not only will decriminalization lead to increased demand from Canadian citizens, but also from our southern neighbours.

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's where a...

Bill C-36 Could Prevent Sex Trafficking

Michelle Brock | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Michelle Brock

I am pleased to see that bill C-36 puts the responsibly on the johns. For far too long, prostitution has been an anonymous, low-risk activity for those seeking to purchase sex. Considering that prostitution has a high degree of violence (regardless of legal context), the only way to reduce the harm on a wide, long-term scale is to reduce demand for paid sex. We applaud Minister MacKay on his courageous first step of introducing legislation that recognizes the need for addressing demand and for pledging much needed funding for frontline programs.

Our New Prostitution Bill Protects the Dignity of Women and Youth

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Canada's profoundly misguided approach to prostitution and treatment of prostitutes changed on June 4, 2014, with the introduction of Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. By making prostitution illegal for the first time in Canadian history, the impact of the new prohibitions will be borne by those who purchase sex and persons who exploit others through prostitution rather than vulnerable individuals.

MacKay Ducks Prostitution Bill Question

CBC | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Politics

Justice Minister Peter MacKay dodged questions Thursday from both the Liberal and NDP about whether he would send the new anti-prostitution bill immed...

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.

Crash Uncovered Possible Teen Prostitution Luring

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE - March 13, 2014: Nicholas Boscoe turned himself in to RCMP, confirmed Cpl. Alanna Dunlop to Global News. MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. - Two Metro Vanc...

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

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

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.

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.

Most B.C. Prostitution Offences Won't Be Prosecuted

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia has become the latest province to announce it will not prosecute most prostitution-related offences over last year's ruli...