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Justice Minister Peter MacKay addresses a news in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Conservative government has introduced legislation to criminalize the purchase of sexual services.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay addresses a news in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Conservative government has introduced legislation to criminalize the purchase of sexual services.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Conservatives gamble with tougher approach to prostitution

When forced into re-drafting prostitution laws, the Conservative government chose to make them much, much tougher.

It’s in some ways the opposite of what was sought by the sex workers who successfully challenged existing laws in the courts, arguing that forcing prostitution underground makes it dangerous. This bill will push it further underground.