The Women’s Equality Coalition intervenes in this appeal (Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform et al. v. Attorney General of Canada) to argue that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms supports the ability of Parliament to use its criminal law power to discourage and deter the purchase of women to satisfy men’s sexual demands. The prostitution industry, in Canada and around the world, is sexist, racist, classist and colonialist. It legitimizes male violence against women and other forms of inequality in the pursuit of economic profit.
The report reinforces what we know from our front line work about the high number of girls trapped in prostitution and the close connection between prostitution and trafficking.
We welcome the improved response of the criminal justice system in holding buyers and pimps accountable and we are calling on our own province, British Columbia, to follow the example of other provinces and do the same.
With Ingeborg Kraus, German Psychotraumatologist against Prostitution, Germany, Alisa Bernard, Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS), Seattle, USA, Ghada Jabbour, KAFA, Lebanon and Diane Matte, la Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (la CLES), Quebec, Canada