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Canada goes Nordic on prostitution law
Friday, November 7, 2014

“This week Canada joined the growing list of countries who have adopted the Nordic model of prostitution law,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.

On 4 November, the Canadian Senate passed Bill C-36:  the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.  It is a victory for the growing number of Canadians who are deeply concerned by the increasing rates of human trafficking in countries where the sex trade is legal or decriminalised.” 

Canadian MP Joy Smith said: “This is a historic moment for equality and women’s rights in Canada.

“For the first time in Canada’s history, the buying and advertising of sexual services will be illegal, and the government will provide robust funding to help women and youth escape prostitution.”

Ros Phillips has called on all state governments in Australia to follow Canada and join the growing number of nations that have adopted the Nordic model of prostitution law, where exploiters are penalised and prostitutes (male and female) are given compassionate and effective help to quit their damaging trade.      


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