Some, usually based on religion, feel there’s no place for it in “decent” society. Any form of sexual intimacy must be confined to a heterosexual couple within the framework of a “proper” marriage. Others, like me, take a far more open view.
When we look at the industry, there are really four major factors to consider: sex, commerce, safety and legislation. If we start with accepting that the sex trade has been around forever and it’s not going to go away, the whole moral issue of having sex out of wedlock doesn’t enter into the picture. In other words, the fact that the service being provided is sex isn’t relevant.
As a capitalist, I’m very much of the belief that if an able and willing seller wants to provide a service to an able and willing buyer for a mutually agreed upon price, then the transaction should be allowed to take place as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights and safety of others. Therefore in a free market society, the commerce component should be allowed to exist.
Thus, since no one’s rights are being violated by the transaction, the only major concern would be the safety of the parties involved. This is where the role of government should lie.
The sole purpose of regulating the sex trade should be to ensure safety.
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We need to regulate sex work in Canada—to the benefit of workers.
The question fundamentally depends on how you see prostitution. When you pic- ture it, are you envisioning street-level workers? Indoor ones? Were they forced into it by exploitation or circumstance? Was it a free choice? Are you mixing criminal trafficking in with sex work?
These questions and more at are the heart of the debate in Canada. With new laws on the books since December 2014, and a different government now in place with the power to change them, more could be coming down the pipe in terms of change for the industry.
Workers need to have choice, and regulating sex work supports that.
Choice extends further than we think, too. Part of choice is being able to stop doing sex work. Part of it is having a home and enough resources to support yourself so you don’t feel forced into it. Part of it is about access to education and mental, physical and social health. These abilities, or lack thereof, tie to the systemic oppression that marginalizes certain members of our society.
Regulating sex work will mean we can address why indigenous women are grossly over-represented in street- level survival sex work. Regulation could mean sex workers accessing employment protections that begin to openly address health and safety concerns unique to the work. It could even mean sex workers accessing employment standards and human rights codes, and forming unions. It could mean workers de-stigmatizing their jobs and accessing more social support in the world. Because it’s certainly not all doom and gloom and lack of choice.
The challenge to Canada’s old prostitution laws happened most importantly because of the horrific levels of violence many sex workers face. The Trudeau Liberals previously said the new law is likely unconstitutional. Will they change it and help usher in a new era of freedom in Canada? Or will people have to spend many more years winding similar challenges through the courts again?
–Larkin Schmiedl is a freelance writer in Vancouver, B.C. who wants to live on land and write from a cabin one day.