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Canada Must Target Buyers of Sex

Friday, 20 December 2013 20:41
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Criminal Code offences around prostitution are unconstitutional. This ruling leaves police without important legal tools to tackle sex trafficking and organized crime and does not reflect a 1990 Supreme Court of Canada decision which stated that the elimination of prostitution through law was a valid goal.
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'Send sex buyers to jail': Swedish PM

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:01

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Monday that people buying sex in Sweden should be sent to jail as the law suggests, rather than being slapped with fines.

 
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"It's time that we be clear that, in the legislation, prison terms can be given and that we don't only have fines as punishment for buying sex," Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a speech in Stockholm.
   
In 1999, Sweden became the first country in the world to criminalize the purchase of sex. Although the law provides for up to six months behind bars, in practice judges so far have only imposed fines of up to 7,500 kronor ($1,140).
   
Similar legislation has since been adopted by Iceland, Norway, Slovakia, and soon France.
   
Reinfeldt said Sweden has convicted 4,782 people since its law came into effect, but that not one had gone to prison. His Moderate Party, he said, would campaign to incarcerate clients who knew the prostitute they used was a minor or a victim of human trafficking.
   
He said there were an estimated 400 to 600 prostitutes in Sweden who were there because of traffickers.
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Zsolt stands in front of St Stephen's basilica in Budapest's city centre every night from 8pm until the early hours. His job is to direct passing tourists towards a nearby "gentleman's club".

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A substantive response to Meaghan Tyler’s “Myths”

Whereas I suggested that Meaghan Tyler’s “10 myths about prostitution, trafficking and the Nordic model” is opportunistic in relying on “straw-man” arguments, Tyler has replied to my comment:

“These really are seen as some of the most effective arguments raised by those who oppose the Nordic Model and I have certainly not modified them to misrepresent the position being put forward.

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The French parliament early on Saturday backed a reform of the country's prostitution law that will impose a 1,500-euro ($2,038) fine on anyone paying for sex. A second offense would double the fine.

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France wants to punish sex worker clients

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 08:11

A report commissioned by the Swedish government showed that the number of people involved in street prostitution in Sweden’s three largest cities dropped from around 730 in 1999 to 300-430 a year in the 10 years after that.

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A panel of four experts on human trafficking fielded questions from nearly 100 interested community members during a recent fireside chat sponsored by Leadership Redding.

The 90-minute discussion took place Nov. 5 at the McConnell Foundation headquarters on Shasta View Drive in Redding.

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