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International Day of No Prostitution Marked by Women’s and Civil Society Groups

Updated: May 20, 2019

Canada’s progressive prostitution laws target pimps and sex-buyers but not prostituted women.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OCTOBER 3, 2018


[VANCOUVER] International Day of No Prostitution on Friday, October 5 marks our shared accomplishment of winning Canadian laws that decriminalize prostituted women. It is especially significant that the law, which came into effect December 5, 2014 specifically recognize that women’s inequality makes women vulnerable to recruitment into the sex industry and that prostitution is inherently violent. Trafficking, pimping, buying sex, and advertising another person for sex remain criminalized.

The Canadian law is modeled on law first adopted by pro-feminist governments in Sweden and Norway. It is commonly called the “Nordic model”. Canada joined a growing number of countries to adopt the model including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Northern Ireland, and France. Research on the long-term impact of the Nordic model in Sweden found an improvement in the status of women, much lowered demand for paid sex, and significantly less human trafficking activity than in neighboring countries.


Asian Women for Equality Society

EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating)

Joy Smith Foundation

Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity (REED)

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

University Women’s Club of Vancouver





Abolishing Prostitution in favour of women's equality and liberation

Human trafficking and prostitution entrench racism and sexism. We are working to abolish prostitution which we see as a form of male violence against women. Prostitution entrenches racism and multiplies the effect of sexism on all.

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Guaranteed Livable Income (Basic Income)

Women experience social,

economic and political inequality that is compounded by the deep demand for our  unpaid labour. A feminist guaranteed livable income (also called a basic income) is a step that can allow many women better opportunities to be self-determining and allow more of us to participate meaningfully and with power in society.

Seeking Justice for the Comfort Women

Women bear the brunt of war and militarism. We seek justice for the Asian women and girls taken from their homes in order to provide sex to soldiers during World War II. This justice must take into account the brutal harm caused by currents wars, military bases, and other armed conflicts.