Prostitutes don’t always get to choose.

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
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There are only a few lifestyles that still remain from the book of Genesis. A couple that we hear about are drunkenness, and prostitution. Prostitution has a lot of scrutiny in our society today.

Is prostitution right or wrong?

I am not going to talk about that, but most people that are reading this probably have no idea what the laws are in Canada about Prostitution. I will post some stats, quotes and websites that you can visit, and you can then decide what you believe on the matter of prostitution.

The prostitution laws have been largely unchanged since the early 19th century despite frequent commissions, studies and constitutional challenges since the introduction of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982”, Wikipedia.

Canada is such a wonderful country and I love that I live here (except for all the snow), but our country is very slack on prostitution laws. “The first recorded laws dealing with prostitution were in Nova Scotia in 1759”, Wikipedia. 1759 is not that long ago. There are different view points among sex workers, organizations and government as to which model to use in prosecuting prostitution. The Nordic Model or New Zealand Model.

Visit the link directly below to find a little more about each.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/prostitution-laws-what-are-the-nordic-and-new-zealand-models-1.1603213

Before I continue I would like to address the thoughts that may be going through your mind. Not every sex worker chooses this life. Sex trafficking is not an issue that is feign to Canada but is something that happens every day in this country, in your backyard. I use to have the mind set that people choose the life style, but there are so many that do not! Don’t get me wrong I know there are those who do choose it, but there are many people being forced into right now, as you are reading this blog.

I tell people that I know many of the workers in Moncton, only because they will stop in for a coffee, use the bathroom or the telephone at the shelter. There is one women that I am thinking about as I write this, lets call her Rose. Rose has a very outgoing personality and a voice that reminds me of Fran Dresher from the show The Nanny. I use to see Rose all the time walking on the street looking for the next John (the individual who pays for sexual acts), with her husband walking about five feet behind her. Rose at times may have chosen to work, but her husband was forcing her the majority.

There was another couple in the exact same situation we will call Joan and Thomas. Joan would often come by the shelter and say hello, while her husband was at home doing drugs and waiting for her to come home with the money she made. Joan was looking for Love! The bible says that Love is “laying down ones life for another”, not exploiting, hurting or forcing anyone to do anything that is not right. Joan was looking for Love, but was confused that it comes from sex. As I am writing this I am getting worked up, because people are in this situation right now on the streets of Moncton and these women and men who are in this business have no idea of their worth in the world and their worth in God’s eyes. Joan and Thomas ended up moving into one of our old apartments and gave their hearts to the Lord. They are not out of the woods, but Joan has been working for a local warehouse for many years now, she is off the streets!

Rose and her husband Brian have split up, but are both still in bad situations. Brian often stays in the shelter and Rose stops by in between boyfriends. Rose and Joan are real people, people that were “trapped” in a destructive lifestyle. You can’t tell me that every sex worker chooses it, many don’t know there is a life away from it.

I pray that you read the information, visit the links and think how you can help. Prostitution is a very real problem in our backyards, but we need to show these people that there is another way.

God I pray that you can surround these women and men by people who can properly love them. I pray that you continue to draw them close to you.

What is your view of prostitution? Which model do you think Canada should adopt for our laws? Please leave a comment below.

Some other stats and information I have found:

The activities related to sex work that are prohibited by law include operating a premises (sexual services establishment or brothel) where such activities take place, being found in such an establishment, procuring for such purposes, or communicating such services (soliciting) in a public place are illegal, making it difficult to engage in prostitution without breaking any law. Automobiles are considered public space if they can be seen. On the other hand, working as an independent sex worker and private communication for such purposes (telephone, internet, e-mail, etc.) is legal.

The Criminal Code of Canada makes the following unlawful:[15]

  • owning, managing, leasing, occupying, or being found in a bawdy house, as defined in Section 197 (Section 210) declared invalid by the Ontario Court of Appeal, March 2012[16]

  • transporting anyone to a bawdy house (Section 211)

  • procuring (Section 212)

  • Living on the avails of prostitution declared invalid by the Ontario Court of Appeal, March 2012, except in circumstances of exploitation[17]

  • paying for sex with anyone under the age of 18 (Section 212[4])

  • communication in a public place for the purposes of prostitution (Section 213)

and transporting someone for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation (Section 279). This does not specify for any particular purpose, such as sexual exploitation

This information provided by

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Canada

Stats:

  • An estimated 30-70% of sex workers have children

  • Another study suggests, the presence of pimps was more extensive in the Maritimes and on the Prairies

  • A 1998 poll suggested 7% of Canadain men have paid for sex at least once in their life

  • A 2006 opinion poll showed 68% of Canadian believe prostitution is immoral (75% of women & 59% of men)

  • A 2009 online survey conducted by Angus Reid showed:

  • Prostitution was morally acceptable by 42% of Canadians, but there were differences by age and gender.

  • Young people were the most critical of prostitution: only 36% of those aged 18–34 considered prostitution “morally acceptable”, compared to 45% of those aged 35–54, and 44% of those older than 55. 29% of women saw prostitution as acceptable, compared to 56% of men

    Information provided by

    http://www.640toronto.com/syn/123/2260/quick-facts-prostitution-in-canada

Another website you can visit that focuses a lot of the Nordic Law is

http://defenddignity.ca/

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