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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25806

Title: Are We Chasing Rainbows?: Achieving the Decriminalization of Prostitution in Canada
Authors: Sondhi, Shireen
Advisor: Cossman, Brenda
Department: Law
Keywords: prostitution
decriminalization
sex work
criminal law
legalization
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2011
Abstract: Prostitution has often been referred to as the oldest profession in the world. Yet the Canadian legislature and courts refuse to recognize it as a profession but merely as a social nuisance or worse yet a social evil. While the act of selling sex in exchange for money is technically legal in Canada, all related activities are criminalized. The majority of social science studies concerning the impact of prostitution-related laws on the health, safety and wellbeing of prostitutes indicates that criminalization jeopardizes the safety of prostitutes, as well as their access to health and social services and recommends the decriminalization of the profession. Despite these studies and requests from sex workers and experts, the government has refused to repeal any of the prostitution-related laws. This paper outlines the societal and legislative treatment of prostitution and then seeks to determine whether decriminalization is a viable goal in Canada.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25806
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