New prostitution laws a draconian step backward

Jun 17, 2014 By Matthew Friedberg

Toronto criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg says Ottawa’s proposed new prostitution legislation is a step backward for Canada and will only force sex workers to remain underground in a dangerous, clandestine world.

“It’s not an improvement – the law now is far more draconian and more unreasonable than it was before,” he tells

The Conservative government’s proposed new legislation would criminalize the purchase of sexual services, crack down on those who benefit from prostitution, and outlaw the sale of sex near schools and other places where children gather, says the Canadian Press.

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