Canada Prostitution

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&apos...

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...

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...

Prostitution Bill Is Coming, Don't Worry: MacKay

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will introduce its new prostitution legislation well ahead of a December deadline.Speaking...

Dear Amnesty International, Legal Prostitution Harms Women

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

I am writing to urge Amnesty International to reconsider its policy position, leaked to the public, which promotes the legalization of prostitution and the rights of pimps over the rights of victims of sexual exploitation. AI has built its reputation on advocating for victims around the world. Why is AI abandoning victims now? We need to recognize prostitution for what it is. It is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated. Legalization is the wrong approach.

MacKay Forced To Confront Contentious Issues

CBC | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Revamping the nation's prostitution laws was decidedly not on the government's official law-and-order agenda until the Supreme Court of Cana...

Safe House and Prostitution

Bill Haines | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

I think a good Christian response to this situation would be for Christian churches to build safe houses across the street from the new brothels so that any woman who wants help escaping the sex trade and human sex trafficking, can receive the immediate love and care and assistance, she needs.

Prostitution Ruling Forces Matter On Harper For 2014

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Call it the world's oldest legislative headache.A Conservative government that hoped to restore its fortunes in 2014 by talking about pipelin...

Legalizing Prostitution Doesn't Help Sex-Trafficked Youth

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin M. Ryan

For vulnerable Canadian young people ensnared in the sex trade, this morning's Supreme Court decision to allow legal prostitution is distressing. We at Covenant House, the largest agency serving homeless, runaway and trafficked youth in the Americas, believe it could result in an escalation of child prostitution and human trafficking, as it has in other countries where the sex trade is legal. Those of us whose primary concern is the protection of the young will be closely monitoring how the government proposes to implement and regulate prostitution.

Canada Must Target Buyers of Sex

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Despite this new ruling, the debate around prostitution is hardly settled. There are those who wish to legalize and normalize the industry, those who wish to criminalize all aspects of the industry, and finally those, like myself, who recognize prostitution as an industry that is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated.