The Legal Status Of Prostitution

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For many centuries, people have worked under many different professions as a way to earn a living and satisfy their needs. Over time, many of these professions have become outdated due to emerging technologies or changes in morals. One profession that has not become outdated, but rather heavily debated upon over time is prostitution, a rather taboo topic in the 21st century. Defined as “the business or practice of engaging in sexual relations in exchange for payment” (Webster). As odd as that ‘profession’ may sound to many people, prostitution has been a branch of the sex industry for countless years and, for long, has been deemed “the world’s oldest profession” (Kipling). Despite its history, prostitution has been criminalized in various…show more content…
Canada case led to amendments. In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the laws in question. The enforcement decisions were delayed for one year to give the government a chance to write new laws, which came into effect in 2014. Bill C-36 now made it “legal to communicate with the intention of selling sex, in some circumstances”, a key change from previous laws, where it was illegal to negotiate the sale of sex at any time. However, it was still “illegal to purchase sexual services and sell sex in a public place”. Bill C-36 included few other amendments, however, those were also contradictory and led to sex workers criticizing the bill claiming “it’s worse for safety than previous laws because it forces the sex industry further underground” (Young). Knowing the current legal status, it is evident that prostitution must be decriminalized.
To start off, criminalizing prostitution does not eradicate it in any way, shape or form. In fact, it drives the profession underground and creates an unregulated environment where women’s health and safety are at risk. Chika Unigwe recalls: “an ex-prostitute in Italy, where prostitution is illegal, told me of women who were beaten by their clients when they demanded payment or in few cases, asked to use condoms”. Ultimately, the laws that are in place have a direct correlation to the health and safety of sex workers.
Prior to Bill C-36, sex worker’s ability to communicate openly with clients - including the
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