On December 20th, 2013, Canadian parliament struck down Canada's prostitution laws, effectively legalizing prostitution, pimping and the operation of brothels in Canada. The ruling came as a response to a campaign by sex-workers to rewrite the laws that they claimed endangered prostitutes. The law was overturned with Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin making a "suspended declaration of invalidity" meant to return the question of "how to deal with prostitution" to Parliament.
In response to the question, Justice Minister Peter McKay introduced Bill C-36 on June 4th. The bill was passed this Wednesday, November 4th, with a 156-124 vote in favor. The bill is to receive Royal Assent by the December 19th deadline.
Crossroads has been readily involved in the campaign to pass the bill. MP Joy Smith visited in June to discuss the importance of Bill C-36, and Hope for the Sold founders Jared and Michelle Brock have also visited 100 Huntley Street to talk about their work fighting human trafficking, and how the bill would help to curb the demand for paid sex and exploitation of women and children.
For more information on Hope for the Sold and the details of Bill C-36, head over to Hope for the Sold's website: www.hopeforthesold.com.