The Canadian T.v And Film Media 's Representation Of Sex Work
The existing Canadian laws for sex work have recently undergone a change with the Conservative government’s new implementation of a bill to effectively decriminalize the existence of brothels and indoor prostitution while illegalizing the advertisement of said service and/or the purchase of said service.
This new law was originally created as a response to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling stating that certain sections of the Criminal Code were unconstitutional in the sense that they were being used in a way to make sex work more dangerous. Those in opposition of the new law state that it does nothing to legalize the profession of prostitution and will only continue to endanger sex workers who will have to find other means to advertise or acquire customers. In an article for the CBC (2014), Dr. Kate Shannon, director of Vancouver-based B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, had this to say:
“’The (Supreme Court of Canada) decision was clear that the previous laws put sex workers at risk in multiple ways: by isolating sex workers, reducing their ability to negotiate transactions, reducing their access to indoor spaces. This (new law) not only ignores that, but it goes one step further in criminalizing the purchase of sex. There 's a huge concern that we 're going to see rates of violence and other risks go up rather than down.’”
Sex work is not an issue that is commonly spoken about…