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TORONTO — (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) — 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.



Trisha Baptie, Exploited Voices Now Educating

Mary-Lee Bouma, Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity

Sue Holtby, Defend Dignity

Cliff Wiebe, Next Step Ministries

Katelynn Robertson, Defend Dignity

Albert Brown, Salvation Army John School

Tyrone McKenzie, Defend Dignity

Arlene Stinson, Freedom Catalyst

Julia Ellergodt, Defend Dignity

Diane Redsky, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Joy Smith, Joy Smith Foundation

Laura Ross, Beacon of Hope

Katarina MacLeod, Rising Angels

Casandra Diamond,
BridgeNorth Women’s Mentoring and Advocacy Services

Debbie Pond, u-r home

Glendyne Gerrard, Defend Dignity

Casandra Diamond,
BridgeNorth Women’s Mentoring and Advocacy Services

Glendyne Gerrard, Defend Dignity

Glendyne Gerrard, Defend Dignity

Debbie Pond, u-r home