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Congratulations, Canada!

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. canada
  • 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)

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=853709&crtr.tp1D=980

Backgrounder – http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=853729&crtr.tp1D=930