Prostitution is the sale of sexual services for money or goods without emotional attachment. Systems of prostitution can include any industry in which women and/or children’s- and occasionally men’s bodies are bought, sold, or traded for sexual use. Prostitution has been referred to as the “world’s oldest profession” because proof of prostitution can be found from up to four thousand years in the past. Prostitution has been neither totally accepted nor condemned. Sociological perspectives can be used to examine prostitution as a social problem in Canada. Structural Functionalists focus on how deviance-including prostitution-is an important element of society. Symbolic Interactionalists investigate micro-level concerns, such as how or why people become involved in prostitution and how prostitution affects their self-esteem. Social- Conflict perspectives explain how patriarchy and capitalism is related to prostitution. Feminists focus on prostitution as a gendered labour. Article One Summary
Article One: Activists launch challenge of prostitution legislation, was found in the Hamilton Spectator and was written in March of 2007. The article activates for law against bawdy houses to be terminated, communicating for the purpose of prostitution and living on the avails of prostitution. The Safe Haven Initiative, led by Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young and volunteer law students claim laws make it illegal for prostitutes to work in their own homes or hire a body guard for protection, women are deprived of their right to liberty and security. The article reiterates that while there is no wording in the criminal code that specifically outlaws prostitution, nearly all aspects of a transaction- including hiring a prostitute, scouting potential customers and making money from sex- are made illegal by those three provisions. After hearing testimonies from more than three hundred witnesses, ministers of parliament from various parties or the sub-committee couldn’t agree on legislative changes to the prostitution laws. Article Two Summary
Article Two: Sex Slaves “Hidden” Police say, was published in the National Post in January, 2008. Police busted an alleged international human trafficking ring that lured Eastern European woman to Toronto and forced them into prostitution they strongly suspect as many as ten other victims connected to the ring are “hidden” in the area. It is estimated that there could be between six to ten more victims, possibly kept in dead-bolted rooms or basement apartments. Four greater-Toronto area residents remain in jail on a range of charges, while police work to track down alleged accomplices in foreign countries. Police first learned of the alleged operation on January 10, when a woman was able to escape to downtown. She told investigators there that she had come to Canada in October under the pretence that she would become a model but instead became a sex slave, working as a high-end call girl. Detective Sergeant Ervick said victims usually have their documents confiscated when they arrive, then are taken to a safe house and threatened into submission. They are told they will work off the debt they “owe” their captors form their safe passage, the sergeant said. Women are generally taken captive because they can earn their captors four to ten thousand dollars a week. Article Three Summary
Article Three: Druggies, Prostitutes Booted Out was published in the Kitchener Record in November, 2007. More than one hundred people gathered to beg for help in fighting drug dealers and prostitutes overrunning their new apartment building. The police were applauded for their efforts for driving the druggies and prostitutes out of the area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Ontario Provincial Officers were working undercover in the building to determine the troublesome tenants and kick them out of the building. A total of five problem tenants have been evicted, with two more evictions imminent. Lancer, the...
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