Amid calls for Vancouver Police to crack down on Johns and pimps in the city, the Prime Minister is refusing to say whether changes are coming to federal laws on prostitution.
Under current law it is illegal to buy sex, or sell another person for sexual purposes. But some activists say neither the VPD or City Council is willing to act on that law.
Earlier this week Mayor Gregor Robertson was confronted by some of those activists at a Council meeting demanding that law be enforced, and according to video released online Robertson can be heard saying he wants to see what changes the feds will make first.
But when the Prime Minister was asked if any changes are actually coming, Justin Trudeau dodged the issue.
“As an avowedly feminist government we know we have an awful lot of work to do on a number of different files; sexual violence, discrimination in the workplace, harassment along with the challenges posed by prostitution and human trafficking remain big, meaty issues that we are very much hoping to tackle in the coming months and years.”
“We are working with our Extraordinary Minister of the Status of Women to create a path forward for Canada on an issue that is both delicate, complex and extremely challenging.”
Proponents of not arresting Johns say it would make prostitution more dangerous for women involved.