A Prince Albert Collegiate Institute Grade 12 English Language Arts A30 class taught by Evonne Garrett worked with Daily Herald managing editor Perry Bergson last month on writing editorials for newspapers. Over the next month we’ll give them a chance to speak up on issues that are meaningful to them. This one was written by Makayla Morin.
Prostitution in Canada is a situation which has been created and is continuing to create a great amount of confusion and controversy.
On a daily basis thousands of women young/old are being sexually abused and putting themselves in danger by walking the streets and working in sex trade, and they don’t even realize it. A prostitute looks at giving sexual service as a job; she looks at it as supporting herself, her family and having an income. Everyone has their own reason for the life they’re living and the choices they make, but that still does not make prostitution legal.
There could be many different reasons why someone turned to prostitution; they could have been abused as a child physically and sexually which caused them a lot of hurt and pain, they could have addictions and prostituting could be the only way they can afford that addiction, they could have no support finally and prostituting is the only way they could survive, or prostitution could just be a normal life style to them because that’s all they seen growing up.
No matter the situation there are other opportunities for these women to stop committing this crime. Such as a walk in centre where they could feel at home (promote healthy relationship programs), healing lodge (bringing them back to their culture), treatment (if needed), health services (if needed), and a safe house if they’re not financially stable. If the Supreme Court really did want to put a stop to prostitution these are the kind of services they should be providing. But then again someone can only offer so much!
They say that Canada’s current prostitution laws initially intended to keep prostitution illegal. Therefore the law has been played out in a way that technically it is not illegal to prostitute in Canada. But the activities related to prostitution are illegal. Such as keeping a common bawdy house, procuring, living on avails, communication for the purpose of prostitution and loitering. Therefore recently police have been told to stop laying some charges until the new law is in place.
Police have been told to stop laying charges? Isn’t it the police’s job to stop illegal events from happening? Isn’t it the police’s job to keep people safe? It shouldn’t matter if there are new laws coming into place, police should still be able to continue with their jobs and stop these events from happening.
In the CBC report from Regina, police said “massage parlours that offer sexual service are rapidly multiplying and there’s little they can do to slow down the growth.”
This clearly states that by not charging the prostitutes the rates are going up, and the prostitutes are slowly taking advantage of it. If the prostitutes turn down the opportunity to change their way of life, and make better choices for themselves why should anyone continue to help them?
If they chose the life of sex trade that their problem, it’s illegal and wrong. If that is the life that they chose to life then so be it, you can’t not force someone to get help.
No matter the person, if they do the crime they do the time.