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Concert Against Sex Trafficking

April-27-Poster

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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.

No Words…Pictures are Enough…

Here’s a video that doesn’t need words to explain the horrors of what young girls go through in the sex trafficking industry. In some countries, girls as young as 6 – 8 years old are forced to service up to 40 men a day and threatened on a daily basis that not only will they be beaten if they don’t comply, but that their own families will be killed even though there are in a country far far away. Scars heal, but it’s the psychological control, fear and torture that really suck the life out of these young girls.

They need our help. What will YOU do? Send us an email if you’d like to start volunteering with us or the organization highlighted in the video. Thank you.

In Her Shoes

The Code

About 2 million children worldwide are under 18 and enslaved in the sex trade. Child sex tourism is big business. There are now more and more companies signing a code of conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. This code has 6 criteria’s below.

THE SIX CRITERIA

Suppliers of tourism services adopting the code commit themselves to implement the following six criteria:
1.
To establish an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children.
2.
To train the personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.
3.

To introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
4.

To provide information to travellers by means of catalogues, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, home pages, etc.
5.
To provide information to local “key persons” at the destinations.
6.
To report annually.

Visit http://www.thecode.org to learn more. Hotel chains like Carlson (owner of Radisson) and Accor (owner of Sofitel, Novitel, Motel 6 etc), European airlines like Air France, and travel agencies all over the world have signed on to the 6 point plan to fight child prostitution.

I know it’s hard sometimes, but especially if you are going to a country or city  particularly notorious for child prostitution (e.g. Thailand, Cambodia, Moldova), please support companies who are a member of this code. You’ll find a list of companies at http://www.thecode.org.

This is such a step forward in recognizing this issue and it’s good to see certain companies band together to fight this instead of doing what the majority of companies do: ignore it.