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Abolition of Prostitution

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We wish to abolish (end) prostitution because we understand prostitution as sexual exploitation and male violence against women. Prostitution normalizes the subordination of women. It exploits and compounds systemic inequality on the basis of sex, race, poverty, age and disability.

Our analysis of prostitution as a harmful patriarchal institution and our commitment to abolition is derived from, and reinforced by, the prostituted women who call us and the members of our own collective who have exited prostitution.

Feminist Demands from the Canadian State: Providing Guaranteed Livable Income to women to protect them from resorting to prostitution and allowing women to exit prostitution; Providing women with women-only detox and recovery services on demand; Providing women with comprehensive feminist exiting services; The Criminal Justice System must enforce the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. Police, Crown and Court must uphold the law and criminalize men who sell, buy and profit from the sexual exploitation of women in prostitution.

We object to legalizing regimes, at its core, prostitution is a social institution that undermines women’s freedom and bodily autonomy.

By Laurel
June 12, 2020

A conversation with Diane Redsky (Mama wi chi ita), Cherie Jimenez (Eva Centre), Alisa Bernard (Organization for Prostitution Survivors), Trisha Baptie (Formerly Exploited Voices Now Educating), Suzanne Jay (Asian Women for Equality), Natalie Basmadjian & Diane Matte (La CLES)

December 2019

On this episode, we’re travelling to Mainz, Germany, where the 3rd World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls took place early April 2019. It was hosted by CAP International, the Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution. Ashani and Sophia, collective members at Vancouver Rape Relief, attended the congress and met with feminists from all around the world. They interviewed women from different abolitionist groups about prostitution laws in their country as well as their work for the abolition of prostitution.

This episode features :
- Sarah Benson, Ruhama (Ireland)
- Valerie Pelletier, La CLES (Canada)
- Ghada Jabour, Kafa (Lebanon)
- Esohe Aghatise, Iroko Onlus (Italy)
- Claire Quidet, Mouvement du Nid (France)
- Cherie Jimenez, Eva Center (United-States)

April 21, 2019

All around the world, feminist abolitionists are committed to put an end to prostitution. At the 3rd World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls in Germany last April, we asked women from different abolitionist groups to dispel prostitution myths. This episode features:
- Sarah Benson, Ruhama (Ireland)
- Valerie Pelletier, La CLES (Canada)
- Ghada Jabour, Kafa (Lebanon)
- Esohe Aghatise, Iroko Onlus (Italy)
- Claire Quidet, Mouvement du Nid (France)
- Cherie Jimenez, Eva Center (United-States)
- Paula Cepeda, Iniciativa Pro Equidad De Género (Columbia)
- Mickey Meji, KWANELE (South Africa)

May 28, 2019

Talk with renowned author and feminist activist Julie Bindel, on her latest book, The Pimping of Prostitution.

November 16, 2017

Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, psychologist and trauma expert based in Germany and Inspector Simon Häggström, head of Stockholm Police Prostitution Unit speak in Vancouver.

September 20, 2016

Starting from our position that prostitution is neither necessary nor desired by women and represents at best the “constrained choices” of women, we explore what are the links between the local demand of men for prostitution and the global traffic in girls and women.

November 2008
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