Till now I expressed the need for money being allocated in the rights areas and a more effective action plan. But I think it is important to argue that prostitution laws need to be amended because it validates some of the harm that is caused because of victim's age and initial cause. Considering that often times prostitution often leads to human trafficking.
" incidents of sex trafficking are recorded only when they involve law enforcement or federal agencies. Like with other types of sexual or physical violence, victims rarely come forward to report being trafficked. For example, fewer than 10% of sexual assaults are reported to the police and given their experiences of control and coercion, trafficking victims are likely even less able to report their abuse. When trafficked women do come into contact with the law, they are often seen as criminals or consensual participants in the sex industry, not victims."
(n.d). Canadian Women’s Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.canadianwomen.org/facts-about- sex-trafficking-in-canada#Leave
Often times with in law and our society the differences between sex work and sex slavery seems to be the same thing, when it is not
Sex work can entail consensual work form someone who wants to sell, where as sex slavery is forced sex work
Defining these lines can help more victims come in touch with receiving help from The law
Warnicka, Richard. May 27Th, 2015. National Post. Retrieved from http://news.nationalpost.com/news/barely-illegal- new-prostitution-laws-may-drive-sex-work-underground-but-can-it-stop-it Win-grove, Josh. July 15Th, 2014. Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadas- new-prostitution-laws-everything-you-need-to-know/article19610318/
Canada's prostitution laws (Bill C-36) follow the Sweden model, where selling sex is legal, but purchasing it is not This is supposed to end demand to completely abolish an industry that is directly co-related to sex trafficking and forced sex But it is problematic becuase it disregards to rights of those who work in the sex industry, consensually
A huffington post article quotes that “"Sex workers have consistently articulated the many ways in which criminalizing them, their clients and their work settings does nothing to protect them, but instead undermines their ability to control their conditions of work to protect their health and safety. The law ensures that harms to sex workers will continue, and is a terrible step backwards."
Jane Doe an author, lecturer and feminist activist explains that this bill “Bill C-36 supports the spurious concept that prostitution causes sexual assault and other violence against women. Sexual Assault is about power and dominance and is not caused by sex work...Feminist battles against systemic discrimination resulted in the right to equal wages, fair labour practices, and protection from gendered violence against all women. Except, according to the bill, for women who are sex workers.” Jones, Allison. June 1st, 2015. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/04/01 /ontario-review-of-federal_n_6984948.html
This bill pushes sex workers underground
Bill C-36 is not catering for marginlized women, police training, exit programs
It will also push more women to to not speak up and seek for help.
To conclude my presentation I will Like to say:
The action plan is allocating more money on awareness that can help long term with prevention, but the need for more support and investigation departments within human trafficking units is what can directly combat exploiters and help save victims. You see this similar pattern of false promises and last minute action plans that do not make up for the number of aboriginal women who are being overlooked by our government, police departments and support group. Lastly our law needs to define the lines between sex slavery and labor as it is causing more harm to victims than anything else.
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