Media Release


Media Release – Buying Sex is a Crime Billboard Campaign

 

The Buying Sex is a Crime campaign is supported by a wide cross-section of groups from across the country that are united in our desire to see an end to sexual exploitation in Canada.

Buying sex, or attempting to buy sex, is illegal in Canada.

In 2014, Canada passed the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which declared that the purchase or attempted purchase of sex was illegal – wherever, and whenever it occurs. This shift is significant, because the demand for paid sex is what funnels women into prostitution and fuels sex trafficking.

The preamble of the bill recognized that prostitution is inherently dangerous and exploitive, that objectification of the human body and commodification of sexuality causes social harm, and that prostitution violates human dignity and equality between the sexes. It also recognizes coercive elements like poverty, addiction, colonization, mental illness and racialization as a few key contributing factors to individuals entering prostitution or being vulnerable to exploitation.

Ending exploitation means turning the focus away from those who are prostituted and exploited and onto the demand for paid sex, which is the root cause of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

This approach has been proven effective in countries such as Norway, Sweden and Iceland, and has been adopted in recent years by several other countries.

It is critical that the federal government maintain and encourage enforcement of the current laws in order to ensure that Canada has a real chance of being a global leader in ending this type of exploitation.

Our federal government has stated its commitment to working towards gender equality in Parliament and in the day to day reality of average Canadians. They have committed to addressing violence against women and girls.

Upholding the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act is a vital step toward achieving that equality and creating real safety for all peoples.

Media Inquiries


Vancouver:
Trisha Baptie – trisha@educating-voices.com (Exploited Voices Now Educating)
Mary-Lee Bouma – mary-lee@embracedignity.org (Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity)

Edmonton
Sue Holtby – jsholtby@telus.net (Defend Dignity)
Calgary Cliff Wiebe – cliff@nextstepministries.ca (Next Step Ministries)
Katelynn Robertson – kately.nn@hotmail.com (Defend Dignity)

Saskatoon
Albert Brown – albert.brown@salvationarmysaskatoon.org Salvation Army John
School
Tyrone McKenzie – ty.mckenzie@lawsonheightsalliance.com (Defend Dignity)

Regina
Arlene Stinson – arlene.stinson@cmacan.org (Freedom Catalyst)
Julia Ellergodt – julia@prairiewindowfashions.ca (Defend Dignity)

Winnipeg
Diane Redsky – dredsky@mamawi.com (Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre)
Joy Smith – info@joysmithfoundation.com (Joy Smith Foundation)

Cambridge
Laura Ross – lauraross35@gmail.com (Beacon of Hope)

Brampton
Katarina MacLeod – info@risingangels.net (Rising Angels)

Newmarket
Casandra Diamond – casandra@bridgenorth.org (BridgeNorth Women’s Mentoring and
Advocacy Services)
Debbie Pond – debbieafrica@gmail.com (u-r home)

Toronto
Glendyne Gerrard – glendyne.gerrard@cmacan.org (Defend Dignity)
Casandra Diamond – casandra@bridgenorth.org (BridgeNorth Women’s Mentoring and
Advocacy Services)

Montreal
Glendyne Gerrard – glendyne.gerrard@cmacan.org (Defend Dignity)

Moncton
Glendyne Gerrard – glendyne.gerrard@cmacan.org (Defend Dignity)
Debbie Pond – debbieafrica@gmail.com (u-r home)