Thursday, June 5, 2014

Oh... Canada...... :(

Less than a year ago, Canadian sex workers had a win! Canada's top court overturned all restrictions on prostitution, declaring that existing laws violated sex workers' right to safety. The Supreme Court of Canada struck down bans on brothels, street solicitation and living on the earnings of prostitution in a unanimous 9-0 decision, and gave the Canadian government one year to re-write the country's prostitution laws.

This clip from December explains a bit more  ->

It was a great thing! People were excited! But then the fight turned to making sure the Swedish/Nordic Model didnt come into play (The Swedish/Nordic Model makes sex work legal but being a customer illegal and makes it unsafe for sex workers)

Today the new legislation was brought to the public. It is even worse than the Swedish/Nordic Model.

"The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act" criminalizing the purchase of sex, communicating for the purpose of selling sex, living on the avails of prostitution, and the advertising of sexual services.

You can read a summary of some of the new things here ->

It fully sux. Its basically just a rewrite of the old legislation and therefore does not help sex workers be any safer 

Here is an audio of a Minister and a sex worker discussing the new legislation. Its painful to listen to this Minister. He sounds totally morally driven and determined to keep the "sex workers are victims" stigma going. ->

So yeah today is a shitty day for Canadian sex workers and their clients.
Just wanted to share xx

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