A sex worker responds to the new prostitution legislation
Today federal Justice Minister Peter McKay introduced a new bill on prostitution. It replaces the previous laws, which were struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in December. This new legislation would criminalize the purchase of sex in this country for the first time, and would also mean possible fines or up to five years in prison for those who sell sexual services in public areas where minors could be present.
For reaction to the new prostitution bill tabled this afternoon, we reached Caroline Newcastle, an Ottawa-based indoor sex worker. CBC has agreed to use a pseudonym to protect her identity.