The Importance Of Prostitution In Canada

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Prostitution as a whole, along with its laws is changing and advancing within society. The workers are coming up with more advanced ways to carry out there jobs, as are law enforcement agencies. The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the countrys’ anti-prostitution law based on a unanimous decision (CBC News, 2013, para.1). Parliament has been given one year to come up with a new legislation (CBC News, 2013, para.1). Valerie Scott believes that the new laws should be up to municipalities, not the federal government (as cited in CBC News, 2013, Sky’s not going to fall in). Alan Young states: "If the Harper government rewrites laws, they will fail and the next generation of sex workers will be right back here. So let 's not be stupid, federal …show more content…
We can’t be comparing cities that are the complete opposite from one another, and expect the same laws to work for them. The ways the cities are run is different, for example they way a city is policed would be different. Each law enforcement agency would have separate plans. For example, in Calgary we have several communities, some require a larger police presence compared to others. A prime example of this would be the community of Forest Lawn. Recently, the Calgary Police Service has created a beat team, which consists of sixteen constables and a sergeant (Kaufmann, 2014, para.5). This allows the Calgary Police to approach the Forest Lawn Society with a community policing approach (Kaufmann, 2014, para.5). The police have created a plan for the community of Forest Lawn in particular. In relation back to Scotts’ view, this is what needs to be done in coloration with the prostitution laws in Canada. If laws are made by the federal government and put in place, cities and communities will see little or no change. Each city and or province faces the problem of prostitution, yet their experiences vary as no two cities are the exact it. They need to make laws that will individually impact certain cities. What the Supreme Court of Canada needs to do is talk and work along more directly with local and municipal police agencies. As these laws enforcement officers are the ones who are currently …show more content…
Reasons being, if sex is made legal then the criminal justice system and law enforcement officials are faced with numerous other problems that could have originally been avoided. On a personal level, I work at the Forest Lawn Coop as loss prevention (undercover security). Some of the shoplifters I catch are in the world of prostitution, as the police have educated me with this knowledge. The money they get from there work often goes to their addictions. Once they begin to relapse, they become hungry and they come to shoplift as a result. It is true that everybody needs to eat, yet shoplifting isn’t the right way to go about it. This is a continuous cycle that will not be able to stop overnight. Federal, provincial and municipal governments need to work alongside local police agencies when creating laws and regulations that will impact the workers in the world of prostitution. We still have certain ignorant individuals within our society who choose to turn a blind eye to the issue. It isn’t just as simple as creating a law and passing it. Many times when that is done the justice gets served, but the offender (sex worker) will barely spend a night in jail. In my opinion the main focus of this law should be the aspect of rehabilitation, along with justice. This can be done in many different forums, but it will take time to develop an effective

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