An open letter calling for the Nordic approach to prostitution in Canada has garnered over 800 signatures. The letter was published here.

The letter explains that Canada should not legalize buying, pimping and profiting and Canada should take a stand on prostitution in line with women’s equality. Canada’s policy on prostitution needs to be placed in a women’s equality framework, because the overwhelming majority of the persons in prostitution are women, often from marginalized backgrounds. Aboriginal women are overrepresented in prostitution.

“Prostitution is a practice in which women’s subordination to men is inherent and lived out repeatedly. Consequently, we are writing to you today to urge you to support the “Nordic approach” to legislation on prostitution for Canada, because it includes legislation, intensive social supports, and public education strategies, all designed to reduce and eliminate prostitution”.