The new prostitution bill introduced in June by Injustice Minister Peter MacKay is blatantly unconstitutional and will result in more dead women.
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While Toronto celebrated Pride beauty, the federal government was busy unleashing a new moral panic in the form of Bill C-36.
When Peter Mackay cast sex workers as "victims" and clients as "perverts" this binary framework intended to limit opposition to Bill C-36 and silence the discussion of the nuances of the sex industry.
Sonya JF Barnett
Peter MacKay's latest nonsensical move is Canada's new sex work legislation. By framing all sex workers as 'victims' and all buyers as 'perverts' MacKay is actually endangering more lives.
Find the new sex work law confusing? Well, we're here to help! Here is a great primer on the history of sex work laws in Canada, what the new law means and what each side thinks.
John Bonnar Audio Blog
John Bonnar spoke with Jean McDonald, Executive Director, Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers' Action Project about Bill C-36.
Concerned about the five primary provisions of anti-prostitution Bill C-36? Here's an overview of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.
The conversation around sex work is nuanced and contentious. Melissa Gira Grant views anti-sex work feminism as a contradiction and explores the concepts of "whore stigma" and the "rescue industry."
Is there such thing as a 'representative' sex worker? No. Therefore, legislators need to include all experiences and perspectives from sex workers when drafting new sex work legislation in Canada.
As Justice Minister Peter MacKay prepares to table new laws governing sex work, the debate about the Nordic model surges on. What is the Nordic model and is it useful for sex workers in Canada?