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Legalizing Prostitution Will Harm Women

Please read a message below from the Canadian Member of Parliament, Joy Smith (www.joysmith.ca). You CAN do something to stop sex trafficking in Canada. Joy lists some simple acts you can do in her message. However, before you read it, here’s a FACT for you:

Countries that have legalized and regulated have seen sexual exploitation, human trafficking and violence towards women and girls increase drastically. In fact, a 2012 comprehensive  study of a cross section of up to 150 counties revealed that legalizing prostitution increased sex trafficking. In contrast, countries like Sweden and Norway, which have adopted the Nordic model of prostitution, have seen a significant decrease in prostitution and sex trafficking. The Nordic model of prostitution is effective due to its three approaches: explicitly criminalizing the purchase of sexual services, a national awareness campaign to educate the public that the purchase of sexual services is harmful to women, and finally strong support programs for those who seek to exit prostitution.

Joy Smith’s message:
Friends,
Today, Canada’s prostitution laws have been struck down as unconstitutional. Although losing these offences poses a grave threat to the safety and security of women and vulnerable populations, we must move forward and urge Parliament to redraft the laws in a way that reflects the Nordic approach.
We have 12 months to educate Canadians and Parliamentarians that targeting the buyers of sex and not prostituted women is the only option that reflects the inequality and violence prostitution places on women.
I want to encourage you to consider taking up one or all of the following Action Points:
  1. Forward this these Action Points to your friends and networks.
  1. Download and sign a petition calling on Parliament to implement the Nordic model. Petition can be downloaded here:http://www.joysmith.ca/assets/petition%20swedish%20model%20of%20prositution%20-%20eng%20-%20final%20-%20large%20font.pdf
  1. Write a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Justice Minister of Canada and your MP asking for legislation that reflects the Nordic model and protects women.
Letters can be addressed to:
        The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
313-S Centre Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2
        The Hon. Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice
Attorney General of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Name of Your MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
  1. Educate and raise awareness about the harm prostitution causes to women and youth. One great way is to host a screening of Red Light Green Light in your community.
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Sports Olympics or Sex Olympics?

It is unfortunately very likely that the 2012 London Olympics could become a magnet for human traffickers bringing in prostitutes and illegal sex trade workers according to the British Government.

I think in this day and age, it’s a sad reality of any major sports event. Anytime a huge sports event consists of the gathering of males from out of town filling up the hotels in the city, you can count on a lot of them looking for good sports in and out of the bedroom. The sex traffickers/ slave owners are ultimately business men. They go where the demand is. If there is no demand for cheap sex, there is no sex trafficking.

Demand for sex drives men to prostitutes. Demand for low-cost sex drives men to slaves.

Please read article below regarding the 2012 Olympics and how that affects sex trafficking in that area. Like I said, I really think this is a trend with all major sporting events around the world. In the same logic, I don’t see why there couldn’t be a larger anti-trafficking task force put in place in the host cities before and during these events. In my opinion, governments should bring in special anti-trafficking investigators and law enforcement teams to sniff out all major strip joints, escort services, massage parlors known brothels and ANY hint of especially under aged girls being forced into prostitution. Or even better: conduct surprised raids of these shady establishments all throughout the duration of the event. Now, if we can only make sure that those same law enforcement officers don’t fall for the bribes of the organized criminals… Wouldn’t that be lovely?

BBC UK Video