A Brief Note On Bill C 36 And Its Effects On Women And Girls

1788 Words Jun 30th, 2015 8 Pages
Bill C-36 was introduced on June 4, 2014 with “the overall objective of reducing the demands for prostitution with a view to discouraging entry into it, deterring participants in it and ultimately abolishing it to the greatest extent possible” (Department of Justice Canada, 2014, p. 3). According to the Department of Justice 's Technical Paper, this paradigm shift operates under the view of prostitution as a form of sexual exploitation that negatively and disproportionately impacts on women and girls. The new law is referred to as “made-in-Canada” model which makes prostitution per se not illegal, but “directly targets the demand” for prostitution (Department of Justice Canada, 2014). Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay said, “for the first time, the purchase of sexual services would be criminalized, with tough penalties for those who exploit others through prostitution (Department of Justice Canada, 2014, p. 1). Additionally, “the new communicating law makes it illegal to communicate to buy or sell a sexual service in public where ‘persons under the age of 18 can reasonably be expected to be present’” (Aguer, 2014). This model continues to criminalize those who financially benefit from the exploitation of others through prostitution, such as pimps, and those who procure others for the purpose of prostitution (Department of Justice Canada, 2014). Wingrove (2014) suggests Bill C-36 does not define “sexual services,” meaning it would…
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