Former Vancouver sex trade worker to testify in favour of new laws

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A former Vancouver prostitute will fly to Parliament Hill next week to testify before the Senate in a response to a bill that would criminalize the buying of sex.

“I thought he was reaching underneath his seat for his wallet, but it turns out it was a crow bar, and I remember it kind of cracking into my chest.”

Trisha Baptie recalls more than a decade of exploitation and violence as a sex trade worker on the DownTown Eastside.

Now she plans to advocate in favour of new laws that would target the buyers of sex.

“By criminalizing and finding men who partake in prostitution will be setting a new trajectory for their behavior.”

She adds “It was never the location we were in that was unsafe, it was the man we were with that made it unsafe. There is no reason prostitution needs to continue. Just like violence, just like rape, we need to stand up to male privilege.”

Some advocates for women’s rights want the federal government to do better on its new prostitution law.

Keira Smith-Tague with Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter will also testify before the Senate on September 11th.

She says they take most issue with the part that makes it illegal to sell sex in public places where children could be present.

“We think that it is further criminalizing the women in prostitution, and it’s just going to put them more at risk.”

The federal government has until December to rewrite the laws deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada.

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  1. Strange bed fellows can be trouble , I checked out the Mustang Ranch , just out side of Reno Navada , in 1975 , you enter the main building , there thy lined up several women , and you took your pick , they used trailers where you had your privacy , and I have never heard any thing bad about them , only they went bank rupt , or went into receavership for taxes .
    It was leagle than , If they organized it differently , blood tests , get them in a safe invirament , and get rid off the pimp . and licence them . I think if they all looked like whats her name ,
    no one would use them . problem solved . But in the real world buity sells real well .
    I liked it better when you got it for free , it’s a lot more fun .

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