PRESS RELEASE, December 17, 2014, 16:00 – IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On December 17, Quebec anti-sexist men demand dignity and safety for ALL women
For the newly-formed Zéromacho Quebec organization, Bill C-36 is the first step toward a country where people will no longer prostitute women who have no other choice. As did Sweden, Ireland, Norway, and Iceland in recent years, Canada has chosen, with a vanguard reform of its Criminal Code, to stand up to those who want to make an industry out of our sexualities.
Putting an end to the criminalization of women in prostitution with Bill C-36 and better targeting their exploiters, Canada offers to all disadvantaged women a guarantee of dignity and security, say Zéromacho spokesmen.
Evidence of this is that NOT ONE woman was killed in Sweden in a prostitution context since the adoption in 1999 of the Nordic model – unlike Germany and the Netherlands that have standardized sexual exploitation and where women continue to be abused and killed behind closed doors.
Zéromacho Québec welcomes the withdrawal of a traditional and unfair male privilege to buy sex, and press Canadian governments to implement without delay the new provisions of the Criminal Code that will deter pimps and brothel keepers, who continue to exploit the most disadvantaged of women and youth.
As for men, non-clients in the vast majority, Zéromacho Québec invites them to financially support not these procurers, but the women’s organizations that offer alternatives to prostitution and support survivors in exiting “the life”.
“We men are not such slaves to our instincts that the rights of our companions need to be sacrificed to them in prostitution,” concludes Martin Dufresne, spokesman for Zéromacho Québec.
BACKGROUND: WHAT CHANGED THIS YEAR IN CANADA
Before C-36: Prostitution was considered a offence against morality.
After C-36: It is now recognized as a form of violence against women.
Before C-36: Women reduced to prostitution were criminalized and harassed by police for communicating in public view for the purpose of prostitution.
After C-36: Bill C-36 decriminalizes communication for the purpose of prostitution (everywhere except in the immediate vicinity of schools, daycares or playgrounds).
Before C-36: Men had the privilege to buy sex acts with impunity.
After C-36: The purchase of sexual acts is prohibited.
Before C-36: It was forbidden to be found within what was deemed a « bawdy house ».
After C-36: Prostituted women will not incur any sanction for prostitution activity conducted inside.
Before C-36: Any roommate or employee of a prostituted woman could be accused of pimping, leading to hardship for some women.
After C-36: The definition of pimping is narrowed down to target only those « receiving a material benefit from the prostitution of others, in exploitative circumstances”.
Before C-36: Pimps could advertise the women they prostituted as mere goods.
After C-36: Advertising will be limited to that of their own services by the prostituted.
Before C-36: No exiting program was funded by the federal government.
After C-36: The government has pledged to allocate 20 million dollars over 5 years to recovery programs for people who wish to exit prostitution, that will be managed by primary care organizations.
For more information: http://JUSTICE.GC.CA/ENG/RP-PR/OTHER-AUTRE/PROTECT/P1.HTML
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