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Why Decriminalization?

  • Decriminalization is the removal of all prostitution-related offences from the Criminal Code for consenting adults
  • Decriminalization improves the safety, security, working conditions, and autonomy of sex workers
  • Decriminalization allows for sex workers to more easily access health and legal services without fear of being charged with prostitution-related offences
  • Decriminalization decreases the social stigma and discrimination of sex workers
  • If sex work was decriminalized, the laws which protect sex workers would still exist (e.g. laws on extortion, coercion, forcible confinement, assault, sexual assault, threatening, child exploitation, etc.)