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Laws targeting 'johns' only increase dangers to prostitutes, report warns

The Toronto Star
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

OTTAWA - A new report by a coalition of Canadian prostitutes warns the Conservative government that proposals to target "johns" - the clients who buy sexual services - will only increase danger to prostitutes and eventually be found unconstitutional.

The Vancouver-based Pivot Legal Society, along with a group from downtown eastside Vancouver called Sex Workers United Against Violence issued the report Tuesday.

It draws on a newly published peer reviewed report in British Medical Journal Open, and cites research by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI) of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the University of British Columbia...