Dozens of people gathered outside Vancouver City Hall Tuesday to protest inaction from the City on prostitution and human-trafficking commitments.
“No paid rape,” “Women are not commodities,” and “it’s time to abolish,” read just some of the signs carried by demonstrators.
Dozens of people chanted outside city hall demanding a John-free city, saying it’s time something changes.
“I just believe that women are not commodities, our bodies are not for sale.”
“We want to let the Mayor and City Council know, as well as the VPD that it’s an issue in Vancouver and they can’t ignore it.”
“I’m committed to ending violence against women, to providing some concrete help to the women who are trying to get away from it.”
Demonstrators have drafted a letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson calling men who buy and sell women’s bodies the real source of harm.
One of the rally organizers, Jindi Mehat, says the Mayor has not kept his promise.
“Our Mayor has signed two declarations saying prostitution is slavery and committing to end it, so we’re here to ask the Mayor, how can that happen?”
She says refusing to hold the men who play a role in prostitution accountable allows for harm to continue.