Residents favour legalized prostitution: survey
An online survey of residents and business owners in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and Strathcona shows that the majority of respondents-three-quarters of residents and 67 per cent of business owners-favour the decriminalization of adult prostitution in Canada.
The survey, conducted by Christine Louie, a Simon Fraser University honors criminology student, also found 77 per cent of residents support brothels in non-residential areas. Seventy-six per cent of respondents say the sale of sex should be legal and 72 per cent felt buying a sexual service from an adult should be legal.
The findings offer a rare glimpse of public opinion from neighborhoods most affected by street prostitution in the debate over Canada's prostitution laws, which were deemed unacceptable by a House of Commons subcommittee in 2006 but remain unchanged