Bill C-36: The Moral Debate

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Should Bill C-36 pass, the government has pledged $20 million over five years to help sex workers exit the sex trade. Supporters of the bill and opponents alike agree that this amount is a joke and some wonder where is the promise of support and protection for women who are trafficked by the biggest pimp of all of them- Poverty.

While Canada is distracted with the eternal moral debate about the rightness or wrongness of selling sex for money and whether or not the government can pass legislation on moral issues, nothing is mentioned of how the root causes of prostitution will be tackled. Of even the majority of women, who work in the sex trade and advocate for the legalization or decriminalization of prostitution, most admit that their entry was motivated by economic hardship.

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