Vancouver group decries sex stereotypes
Asian women forced to work in brothels is something a new federal law hopes to stop. (REUTERS)
A Vancouver organization says the implementation of Bill C-36 could be a step in the right direction to ending a racist, sexual stereotyping of Asian women in Canada.
The Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution appeared Thursday as an expert witness before a standing committee in the House of Commons in relation to the proposed legislation.
Suzanne Jay of AWCEP said the bill — part of which would criminalize the paying for sex rather than the selling of it — effectively targets men who seek a racist stereotype of Asian women.
“It criminalizes the pimps, the brothel-keepers, the procurers and the people who profiteer off the advertisement of sexual services,” Jay said. “We support that.”
Advertisements promoting prostitution often depict racist stereotypes of such women and has contributed to a pervasive, negative image of them in society and pop culture that has dehumanized them, said the group.
Jay said although Asian women make up about 15% of the population of Vancouver, her group has found that advertisements for prostitution featuring them comprised about 67% of such ads.
“There’s no mystery about where Asian women are sold out of,” Jay said of brothels. “What’s at stake here is the quality and dignity of women.”