Canada Prostitution

Laws Don't Rape Women. Men Do

Michelle Brock | Posted 06.23.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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.

Stop Judging Sex Workers and Start Protecting Them

Toula Drimonis | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

It's very simple, really. Legalizing prostitution does not mean we're normalizing it or even necessarily condoning it (for those "what has the world come to?" folks), but simply regulating it. Criminalizing sex work (and the related actions required to engage in it) has never eradicated prostitution and it never will. That's just wishful thinking. But better regulation ultimately establishes the conditions for increased protection of sex workers, and isn't that what it's all about? If legislation has the power to prevent or even simply decrease the odds of one less sex worker from being abused or killed, then what are we sitting around discussing?

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...

For Native Women, the Highway of Tears Cuts Right Across Canada

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

Cutting through northern British Columbia is a notorious stretch of highway. Along what is now widely known as the Highway of Tears, a staggering number of First Nation women have been murdered or gone missing. For many First Nations women, however, the Highway of Tears just keeps going, shearing its way across the country through our small towns and inner cities, bringing with it sexual exploitation and violence. Some 130 years later, the Highway still pushes itself mercilessly from the west coast, then across the Prairies, to run the length of this country. The problem cuts to the very core of Canada's long standing, abusive relationship with First Nation people.

Why I Am Committed to Ending Teenage Sex Trafficking

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Teenage sex trafficking is a worldwide problem and therefore all governments need to be involved. That is why I believe I need to be involved as a law maker from Canada. I need to do my share in raising awareness of trafficking of children and being a force in changing Canadian laws so that we can help those abroad.

Watching the Watchdog: Canada's Prostitution Laws at the Supreme Court

Tim Knight | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Tim Knight

Right now the Supreme Court of Canada is tackling the obvious contradictions implicit in it being against the law to "communicate for the purposes of prostitution," "operate a bawdy house," or "live off the avails of prostitution." In effect, the court is trying to decide whether brothels and their pimps/managers/bookkeepers/cleaning staff/bodyguards/chauffeurs etc. should be legalized.

Real Equality for Women Does Not Promote Prostitution and Sexual Exploitation

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada heard from 14 interveners as it considers a landmark case on the laws surrounding prostitution. Prostitution victimizes and exploits women and girls and forces those who have few choices into a world of fewer choices.