KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – A story on sex work and the law published last week by CBC Nova Scotia featured plenty of cops talking about whether to charge the people who buy sex, or the people who provide it. What was lacking was the voice of even a single sex worker.
The article contrasts the approach taken to prostitution cases by Cape Breton Regional Police, who have been arresting people who buy sex, and Halifax Regional Police, where the focus has mainly been on pimps after “someone has been victimized.”
The reporter interviews a Halifax cop, a Cape Breton cop and a Swedish cop. The last two both praise the so-called Nordic model, where the focus is on the buyers of sex. This approach became the law in Canada in December 2014 when Harper was still in power.
Many sex workers and allies argued at the time that the legislation would make prostitution even more dangerous, and merely push sex workers out of sight. However, that is not a line of questioning the article pursues.
27 men were charged by Sydney police with obtaining sexual services for consideration in 2015. But what the Sydney sex workers thought of it apparently doesn’t matter.
Sex workers, as well as organizations such as Halifax’ Stepping Stone, have come out opposed to Bill C-36 and the Nordic model that inspired it.
Is it really that hard to let them have their say?
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