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Leave people to their vices

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS archives
Police Chief Devon Clunis (second from right) with anti-prostitution-team members on Nov. 8.

BORIS MINKEVICH

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS archives Police Chief Devon Clunis (second from right) with anti-prostitution-team members on Nov. 8.

I disagree with Police Chief Clunis's assertion police are about creating the right culture for society in regards to being a catalyst for change in dealing with prostitution (Cops try new way to stifle sex trade, Nov. 9).

Prostitution, when it involves consenting adults, is a vice rather than a crime. The police were meant to protect us from harm others might cause us. They have never been effective at protecting people from themselves when dealing with vices like gambling, prostitution and drug-taking.

Repealing all the laws against consensual sex would be the best thing society could do if it wants to help prostitutes. Thereafter, in his spare time, Clunis would be free to patrol the streets doing all the moralizing he likes to change society while wearing a white collar rather than his police uniform.

CHRIS BUORS

Winnipeg

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If there were no market for what the prostitutes provide, the service would be terminated.

MARY GIESBRECHT FRIESEN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 14, 2013 A12

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