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Academics concerned over plans to change Canadian prostitution laws 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Staff Sgt. Rob Rutledge speaks to media at the Calgary Police Service's Westwinds office in Calgary, Alta., on Friday December 20, 2013. He was commenting on that morning's Supreme Court ruling to strike down prostitution laws in Canada. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Staff Sgt. Rob Rutledge speaks to media at the Calgary Police Service's Westwinds office in Calgary, Alta., on Friday December 20, 2013. He was commenting on that morning's Supreme Court ruling to strike down prostitution laws in Canada. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

A collection of 300 academics have written a letter to the federal government expressing concerns over plans to make the purchasing of sex illegal.

The group’s letter says making sex purchasing illegal will lead to the marginalization of sex workers and ultimately put them in a more dangerous work environment.

“We call on the Government of Canada to join with global leaders, community, researchers and legal experts in rejecting criminalization regimes,” the letter reads. “Including those that criminalize the purchase of sexual services, and instead support the decriminalization of sex work in Canada as scientifically grounded and necessary to ensuring the safety, health, and human rights of sex workers.”

The group said it would like to see more evidence-based policies used to determine such legislation in Canada.

It insisted criminalizing prostitution does nothing to eliminate the practice.

 

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