Canadians see difference between legality and morality of prostitution: poll


SLM
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Canadians see difference between legality and morality of prostitution: poll

A new poll was released on Wednesday outlining the average Canadian's opinion on the country's new prostitution bill and, while it wouldn't be fair to call it an all-out rebuke, the response certainly wasn't positive.
The Angus Reid Global poll found that only 35 per cent of Canadians supported Bill C-36, the Conservative government's controversial response to the Supreme Court of Canada deciding the country's previous prostitution laws were unconstitutional.
Just under half – 47 per cent – of respondents said they opposed the bill.
But while support for the legalized sale and purchase of sex was generally split, the question of morality was a bit more one-sided, with more people thinking prostitution should be legal than those who consider it morally justified.
Under Canada's current, but soon-to-be expunged, prostitution laws, selling sex is legal but the laws that surround the practice make it untenable. In December, the Supreme Court ruled those laws would be removed and gave the federal government one year to replace them.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay unveiled the government's response last week. Under the proposed bill, prostitution would remain legal but the purchase of sex would be against the law.
The new bill would also make it illegal to sell sex in public places, where children could be present. It also bans the advertising of sex for sale.
Despite the tepid level of support evident in the Angus Reid poll, Canadians generally support many of the specifics in the new bill. Specifically, 89 per cent of respondents supported the prohibition of prostitution in public areas.
A total of 51 per cent of respondents said selling sex should be legal, while 45 per cent said buying sex should be legal.


But beyond the questions of legality, wording and all the political games played on the topic, there is an underlying question of morality.
Is it right to for men or women to sell their bodies to make a living? Is it wrong for government officials to dictate how and where and when that can happen? Is prostitution something Canadians can justify?
The Angus Reid poll found that more Canadians were willing to legalize the buying and selling of sex than those who felt the actions were morally justified.
In total, 21 per cent of respondents said selling sex can "always be justified." A slightly lower percentage felt buying sex was justifiable, with 17 per cent saying it was morally justifiable.
In short, while half of Canadians think the government should allow the sale of sex, only about one-fifth consider the act above moral reproach. And while 45 per cent say buying sex should be legal, just 17 per cent say it is morally justified.


It should be noted that there is a fairly steep gender divide on the question of morality; men were twice as likely to offer moral support to the buying and selling of sex, 27 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women said selling sex was always justifiable, and 23 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women say buying sex is always justifiable.
That disparity between what people believe should be legal and what people see as moral is perhaps the target the government's new bill is trying to hit. MacKay, after all, went out of his way to describe johns as "perverts" when announcing the new measures, and blithely stated the government wasn't forcing anyone to sell their bodies, when asked about the dangers these new measure would place in front of prostitutes.
With a bill intending to create a legal framework for Canada, the government has managed to implement its moral stance. But average Canadians seem to understand there’s a difference between what they would do and what should be legal.


ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily...160448274.html (external - login to view)

So instead of cops running in hookers they'll be booking johns. Two adults, consenting, should be able to do what they choose with both their money and their bodies. And I can think of more important things for the police to occupy their time with too.
 
Nuggler
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Tol Ja. We'll be ice skating in hell before the great hairpiece mouthbreather-bible thumper allows for legalization of prostitution. There'll always be a caveat where someone goes to jail.

Whatever
 
WLDB
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Well thats fairly obvious. Id never partake in it myself and find the idea of paying for that rather weird, but if there are people out there who want to buy and sell sex - go for it. Doesn't affect me at all. I see more of a problem of trying to force ones morality on others. In my opinion people should be able to do whatever they want with their bodies for good or ill so long as it doesn't harm others. Being offended isn't being harmed.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

Well thats fairly obvious. Id never partake in it myself and find the idea of paying for that rather weird, but if there are people out there who want to buy and sell sex - go for it. Doesn't affect me at all. I see more of a problem of trying to force ones morality on others. In my opinion people should be able to do whatever they want with their bodies for good or ill so long as it doesn't harm others. Being offended isn't being harmed.

I think getting it off the streets should be the most important thing, have the regulations to keep it safe for all concerned and then leave it alone. Who cares what two people (or three or whatever, lol) choose to do with their afternoon or evening?

In seriousness though, getting it off the streets is a big thing. Right now, it's simple to say "two consenting adults, blah, blah, blah" but prostitution right now is rife with addiction, coercion, minors (runaways, street kids). We're never going to get rid of it anyway, so let's legalize all parts of it, regulate it to defined areas (brothels), make them have business licenses, etc and step out of the dark ages. That's the only hope the 'seedier' side of the business has of getting cleaned up.
 
petros
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What is the solution to the majority of pros that are underage. It's 2:1 when comparing "kiddie stroll" to the spent stroll.

I'd post pics but that would be considered kiddie porn.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

In seriousness though, getting it off the streets is a big thing. Right now, it's simple to say "two consenting adults, blah, blah, blah" but prostitution right now is rife with addiction, coercion, minors (runaways, street kids). We're never going to get rid of it anyway, so let's legalize all parts of it, regulate it to defined areas (brothels), make them have business licenses, etc and step out of the dark ages. That's the only hope the 'seedier' side of the business has of getting cleaned up.

Agreed. Legalizing it wouldn't affect the illegality of trafficking, child molestation/rape or drugs and addiction at all. People who abuse kids sexually or put kids in that situation would still have to face the consequences if caught. Those kids (or non-consenting adults) could then go to the authorities without fear of being thrown in jail themselves.
 
petros
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These girls put themselves on the street. They know full well what hanging with gangbangers leads to and they want the attention of being one of the upper girls.

Make no mistake. It's by choice.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

These girls put themselves on the street. They know full well what hanging with gangbangers leads to and they want the attention of being one of the upper girls.

Make no mistake. It's by choice.

Many are no doubt. All? I seriously doubt it.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

What is the solution to the majority of pros that are underage. It's 2:1 when comparing "kiddie stroll" to the spent stroll.

Well certainly whats being done now is not working. Perhaps, and this is by no means a sure thing as people will always want to and find ways to do what they want outside of the law, but perhaps if law enforcement did not focus on adults participating in the sex trade then perhaps they could focus more on the under ages. By all means, bust those johns and send them up for sex with a minor. I have no problem with that.



Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

Agreed. Legalizing it wouldn't affect the illegality of trafficking, child molestation/rape or drugs and addiction at all. People who abuse kids sexually or put kids in that situation would still have to face the consequences if caught. Those kids (or non-consenting adults) could then go to the authorities without fear of being thrown in jail themselves.

Should we really care if some middle aged slob is paying some middle aged hooker for a bj? Do we want police services tied with booking johns? It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I'd rather cuff they guy trying to have sex with a 12 year old.
 
petros
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Very few are forced. In their world hooking is an achievement with prestige. Some do it for the rush. It's f-cked.

innocent shminoccent

Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Well certainly whats being done now is not working. Perhaps, and this is by no means a sure thing as people will always want to and find ways to do what they want outside of the law, but perhaps if law enforcement did not focus on adults participating in the sex trade then perhaps they could focus more on the under ages. By all means, bust those johns and send them up for sex with a minor. I have no problem with that.





Should we really care if some middle aged slob is paying some middle aged hooker for a bj? Do we want police services tied with booking johns? It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I'd rather cuff they guy trying to have sex with a 12 year old.

Middle aged? Most are young guys who struck out at the bar.
 

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