It looks like we’ll be having a “white Christmas” in Vancouver this year but for me, it comes with sad news that was announced across Canada today.
After a wonderful night spent with my baby niece sleeping over, I wake up to find out that the Supreme Court of Canada has decided to strike down the anti-prostitution laws in our country…and I’m speechless.
What will this mean for the future of our children? For young aboriginal girls, like my niece, who are already overrepresented in prostitution in Canada and with rising rates of more missing and murdered aboriginal women every year. A legalized sex trade is a normalized sex trade…it means that it is okay to purchase women’s bodies for sex and that violence, rape and murder are simply hazards of the “job”.
I want better for the people of my country. I want us all to be living in freedom: safe from fear, threats, violence, rape, murder or trafficking.
A 2012 comprehensive study of a cross section of up to 150 counties revealed that legalizing prostitution increased sex trafficking. In contrast, countries like Sweden and Norway, which have adopted the Nordic model of prostitution, have seen a significant decrease in prostitution and sex trafficking.
My niece sits in my lap as I write this… we must do everything that we can to prevent the rape, violence and forced prostitution of women in Canada. We must seek to bring in the Nordic Model.
Parliament has one year to re-write the laws, please sign the petition: http://redlightgreenlightfilm.com/petition/
For anyone who is unclear on what the Nordic Model of Prostitution is, here’s some background information: http://www.equalitynow.org/…/files/Nordic_Model_EN.pdf
This is for the future of Canada, let’s remain the “True North, Strong and FREE.”