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    News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CANADA AT A TIPPING POINT – COUNTRY READY FOR ‘MADE IN CANADA’ MODEL MP Joy Smith Releases Proposal to Redraft Canada’s Prostitution Laws February 13, 2014 (OTTAWA, ON) – Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan – St. Paul, released her proposal, “The Tipping Point: Tackling the Demand for Prostituted/Trafficked Women and Youth.” “Canada is now at a tipping point and that's why I released today's report," said MP Smith. We can attempt to maintain the status quo and draft laws that continue to criminalize the buyers and sellers of sex or we can legalize and regulate prostitution. However, both these approaches ignore the significant harm and inequality that prostitution causes to youth, women, and vulnerable populations and normalizes the buying of sex.” “Instead, Canada needs a new approach to prostitution that clearly reflects the goal of eliminating prostitution and sexual exploitation,” said MP Smith. On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Criminal Code offences around prostitution were unconstitutional. This ruling has left police without important legal tools to tackle sex trafficking and organized crime with pimps and traffickers eyeing Canada as open for legal exploitation as of December 20, 2014. “Prostitution dehumanizes and degrades individuals and reduces them to a commodity to be bought and sold,” said MP Smith. “Legalizing prostitution is a direct attack on the fundamental rights and freedoms of women, girls, and vulnerable individuals.” “Continuing to criminalize the women and vulnerable populations being prostituted creates barriers that prevent them from escaping prostitution and entrenches inequality,” said MP Smith. “The most effective route to tackling prostitution and sex trafficking is to address the demand for commercial sex by targeting the buyers of sex.” “Canadian law enforcement policing methods have already shifted to reflect the approach that women, girls and vulnerable populations are victimized and profoundly harmed by prostitution,” said MP Smith. “Focusing on criminalizing and targeting the predators (pimps and johns) that prey on women and youth is known as the Nordic model approach to prostitution - it has seen a significant decrease in prostitution and sex trafficking,” said MP Smith. “A ‘Made in Canada’ model for prostitution must include three approaches: targeting the buyers of sex starting with fines and culmination in jail time; amending the Criminal Code to decriminalize the victims of sex buyers; and lastly, exit programs to assist prostituted/trafficked women in escaping this exploitation as well as a national awareness campaign to promote the dignity and value of all women while revealing the violence, inequality and coercion inherent in prostitution”, said MP Smith. To arrange an interview with MP Joy Smith, please contact: Office of Joy Smith, MP Work: 613-992-7148 Mobile: 613-850-6951 Email: joy.smith.a5@parl.gc.ca
    Feb 13, 2014 7:25 am | Manitoba, Kildonan—St. Paul
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