Considering that there is increasing anecdotal and research-based evidence that sex addiction is a real phenomenon, how do we reconcile the desire among sex workers to maximally deregulate the industry for higher profits and the desire among sex addicts (including recovered sex addicts) to regulate it, or at least the advertizing of it, especially when we consider that there is more regulation of cigarette advertizing?
For example, if I go to backpage.com's adult section for any major Canadian city even today under the new laws, I can access daily ads for sexual services. I will notice that there is no stopping me from lying about my age to access it. It also presents no educational advertizing pertaining to sex education or STI education on that page. Granted if I'm a sex addict, I might know about that already yet it's still not stopping me, but a gentle reminder might help some in the mild stages of sex addiction.
There is also no educational advertizing of what sex addiction is (which, ironically enough, can also manifest itself in the form of compulsive sexual avoidance, not to be confused with abstinence by simple choice) or any theories on how it is developed. After all, wearing a condom cannot protect against sex addiction.
Nor is there any advertizing of crisis help lines nor therapeutic services either, whether sex therapy or any other related psychological services (especially considering that the anecdotal evidence compiled so far has concluded that a high percentage of sex addicts have suffered physical, sexual, or especially emotional abuse as children and it is believed that many of them also suffer varying degrees of depression, PTSD, OCD, or bipolar disorder). I might be a sex addict who is aware that there is a problem but am unaware of the existence of such services or such research.
There is no advertizing of 12-step programmes, whether SAA, SA or any other such programme the existence of which a sex addict might be unaware.
There is also no advertizing of chastity devices or educational websites pertaining to them and how some sex addicts have used them effectively in the initial stages of their recovery, nor is there any other advertizing.
Also, contrary to popular belief and unlike imprisonment, fines for the purchase of sexual services is actually not a punishment but can rather be helpful to a sex addict in the same way as cigarette taxes and alcohol taxes can be beneficial to smokers and alcoholics respectively by serving as a gentle discouragement.
It actually surprises me that Canada does not include the regulation of the online advertizing of sexual services as a requirment among state parties as a standard policy in all new free trade negotiations.
Though I can appreciate that compulsory educational advertizing concerning the mental health risks of unhealthy sexual relations and remedies towards learning to control the sex addiction that can develop from such relations could hurt the sex industry by potentially removing sex addicts from the client pool and so reduce the demand side of the industry, is the solution really to allow the advertizing of such services to remain as unregulated as it is so as to promote further demand for the sake of profit?
Should the advertizing of sexual services be better regulated to ensure that it provide educational advertizing at least equal in quality to that found on cigarette packages? Any thoughts on this?