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Add the Winnipeg Working Group to the list of organizations opposed to Bill C-36.
The WWG announced today that it is "deeply concerned" that the proposed bill put forth by the Federal government last week will put the lives of sex workers and their physical safety at risk.
A central issue with Bill C-36, which was tabled by the Harper government last Wednesday in response to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that struck down key Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution, is that it criminalizes the purchase of sexual services. By making it illegal to purchase sex, the fear is the trade will be pushed further into the shadows and put the well-being of sex workers in increased danger.
"The criminalization of any part the sex trade does not decrease sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Instead, we know that criminalization has devastating consequences on the health and safety of sex workers and other persons involved in the sex industry," Winnipeg Working Group spokeswoman and University of Manitoba faculty member Shawna Ferris said in a statement.
Consisting of sex workers, activists, researchers and health care professionals, the WWG is an organized chapter of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform.