Prevent, Prosecute, & Protect

On December 6, 2014, the government of Canada enacted the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (known as Bill C-36), which holds the buyers of sex accountable, as well as any third party who benefits from commercial sexual exploitation.  With this legislation, Canada joined a number of countries that have already enacted similar legislation (Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Ireland) and a growing number of other countries currently deliberating demand-focused legislation that will make the buying of sexual services illegal: France, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Israel.

Some Canadian provinces and municipalities have stepped forward, using the powers and resources under their jurisdiction to put an end to sex trafficking in Canada.   On January 21, 2014, Hamilton police laid charges under this new prostitution law.  (Shioina Thompson, “Hamilton Police Lay Charges under New Prostitution Law.” Hamilton News. Hamilton, Ontario, January 21, 2-14).

Unfortunately, some other jurisdictions and organizations, including the Vancouver Police Force, the Victoria Police Department, the Georgia Straight, and some libraries, have voiced their non-compliance with this new law (Wanyee Li, “Vancouver Police to Prioritize Safety Over Anti-Prostitution Laws.” Globe and Mail. Vancouver, British Columbia, December 5, 2014; Carlito Pablo, “Canada’s New Prostitution Law Won’t Change Policing Priorities in Vancouver.” Georgia Straight. Vancouver, British Columbia, November 26, 2014; Sarah Pretrescu, ”New Federal Prostitution Laws have Victoria Sex Trade Workers on Edge.” The Province. Victoria, British Columbia, December 9, 2014). 

We urge you, in your role in charge of implementing our federal law, to assure all Canadians that the law is or will be implemented and enforced in all provinces.  It is only when all levels of government at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels collaborate and work together that the lives of hundreds of women, youth and children will receive the protection that they deserve.   We count on you to continue the efforts of many in Canada to strengthen our comprehensive strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada.

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