EU: IF&HR to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against trafficking in human beings

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Recently, the European Union adopted two important new instruments addressing trafficking in human beings: Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and the European Commission Communication titled The EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016.

As a concrete action to strengthen the role of civil society in addressing the challenges of trafficking in human beings in the EU, the  recently adopted Strategy sees to the establishment of an EU Platform of civil society organizations working on victim protection and assistance in Member States.

The Platform’s main objective is to serve as a forum for civil society to engage at the EU level and exchange experiences in order to enhance coordination and cooperation amongst key actors.

Our organization has been selected to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings.

Canada: Consultation on new prostitution legislation published

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Yesterday, the Canadian Department of Justice published the results of a public consultation on prostitution related crimes. The consultation received more than 30 000 responses.

56% of respondents favour that those who purchase a sexual act should be criminalized;
66% believe that those who are prostituted should not be criminalized;
62% think that it should be crime to benefit from the prostitution of an adult.

The consultation can be found on the website of the Department of Justice

Canada: New course at the University of Winnipeg takes on tough questions of sex trade

This month a new course was taught at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Titled ‘Sex Trafficking: Global to Local’ the course, according to an article in the Winnipeg Free Press, takes the discussion to a whole new level.

It’s being taught by Gunilla Ekberg, a human rights lawyer who helped draft Sweden’s 1999 prostitution legislation.

You can read the news paper article here: New course at U of W takes on tough questions of sex trade.

Canada: Open letter calls for Nordic approach to prostitution

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”.