After 10 years of work by Member of Parliament Joy Smith, and many hours of advocacy by UNANIMA communities, on June 4, 2014 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, introduced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay in response to a Supreme Court decision (Canada v Bedford).
- For the first time in Canada’s history, the buying of sexual services will be illegal.
- For the first time, prostituted / trafficked women will not be treated as a nuisance but treated with dignity.
- For the first time, the government of Canada will provide robust funding to help women and youth escape prostitution.
You can read more about the details of the legislation here: (try using copy-paste)