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Wrong way to protect children

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A sex trade worker is pictured in downtown Vancouver.

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A sex trade worker is pictured in downtown Vancouver.

In Sex-trade law protects young girls, Deveryn Ross claims that the federal government's recently introduced bill on prostitution would keep children safe and suggests that advocates for decriminalizing sex work do not care about children. Let's be clear: Child prostitution is and continues to be prohibited and no one is arguing otherwise.

And sex work should not be conflated with trafficking or any other form of exploitation. Social science evidence has clearly demonstrated that decriminalization of sex work promotes sex workers' safety and health, and best positions sex workers to identify situations of abuse.

Conversely, forcing sex work underground through unsound and unconstitutional laws will lead to more missing and murdered women and girls. Surely, this is not a humane solution for protecting children.

 

Sandra Ka Hon Chu

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Toronto

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 17, 2014 A6

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