Sex-Work: A Critical Analysis Of Prostitution In Canada

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“Sex-Work; a way of living”
Sex trafficking, an epidemic in its most latent manner, effects the morals and rights of freedom and protection of society. In 2014, Bill C-36 under Canada’s Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, received its assent of legalization. The Parliament Members of Canada have grave concerns about the exploitation, objectification, risks of violence and the disproportionate impact on women and children inherent in prostitution (PCEPA 2014). Although the legislation passed by the Canadian parliament initially intents to tackle the issues of human trafficking and their exploitation, however it fails to put into perspective the actual stakeholders being effected by Bill C-36. It mistakenly assumes sex-work as
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"Playing the Victim: A Critical Analysis of Canada 's Bill C-36 from An International Human Rights Perspective." Melbourne Journal of International Law 17.1 (2016): 135-169.
This academic journal provides a critical analysis on the bill C-36 proposed under Canada’s Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. It intents to present the key objectives of this bill, along with the background research influencing it. Galbally greatly organizes her research into four distinct parts that start from defining and explaining the bill, critiquing aimed objectives, the effect on its stakeholders and finally her conclusion regarding it. This source is important as it is successful in raising the point that this bill isn’t just distinctly the issue of “women”, but the role that men play in the sex industry as well. Although one of the aims of this bill is to promote gender equality and protect exploited persons. Bill C-36 ironically directs the promotion of harmful stereotypes surrounding the gender and sexuality of persons that further carries important exclusionary effects (Galbally 138). The research and claims presented in this source are essential to my policy brief because of the great analysis and evidence prevalent on the Parliament’s position on bill C-36 behind enforcing it. Moreover, it also presents the impact it has on the human rights of the bill’s stakeholders; Sex-Workers, which is greatly essential to my
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"The New Era of Canadian Sex Work." YouTube. YouTube, 15 June 2015. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.
Through the narration of a former stripper and her experience meeting with the different kinds of sex-workers, this documentary sheds light upon the negative impact of bill C-36 involving its stakeholders such as people with disability, homosexual and transgendered/transsexual men and women. The documentary introduces us to people in the Canadian Parliament, responsible for making this bill and their justification behind it. The initial purpose of this is to explain first the reasons of bill C-36 and then critiquing them through the actual experiences of sex-workers to find an alignment. For instance, some transgendered women are put in perspective to understand why the bill is so contradicting to its overall purpose of reducing the demand of prostitution to ultimately abolishing it and protecting women’s rights. The reason why it is so contrary is that, although some are coerced in the industry, most are sex-workers by choice, therefore transgendered women like myself are usually neglected by society in respect to jobs, says Monica Forrester in her interview (Vice 2015). Moreover, purchasing sexual services becomes the only way for some of the transgendered/transsexual women to get rid of their lonesomeness. In conclusion, it appears that although the bill C-36 attempts to protect vulnerable women and prevent sex-trafficking, it does not actually take into account the first hand experiences

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