Research-to-Action

Swedish approach doesn't help prostitutes, says expert

The Star Phoenix
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

...That model is widely rejected by sex workers, such as Terri-Jean Bedford, who brought the case to the Supreme Court, and their allies, including more than 300 academics and researchers who signed an open letter in March to the federal government calling for decriminalization of sex work and opposing criminalizing the purchasing of sex.

They say Sweden's "procurement" provision equates to Canada's invalid law against living on the avails of prostitution, which the Supreme Court found "not only catches drivers and bodyguards, who may actually be pimps, but it also catches clearly non-exploitative relationships, such as receptionists or accountants who work with prostitutes."