“Could you let me speak for a second?” sex worker Amy Lebovitch said to Conservative MP Bob Dechert. “Are you asking a question or giving a speech?”
Her question during a session of the justice committee Thursday underlined a disconnect in this week’s parliamentary hearings on the Conservatives government’s new law on prostitution. The government has underpinned the whole bill with the assertion that sex workers are victims, and need to be protected from exploitation. But the Conservative MPs on the committee have often seemed less interested in hearing from them than making points from their testimony.