Not a lot of concrete information is available about prostitution for obvious reasons, however studies can estimate and draw rough conclusions. Below are some quick stats about prostitution in Canada.
– Prostitution is legal in Canada and there are no laws prohibiting the exchange of sex for money
– On Dec. 20th 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada found 3 laws unconstitutional – prohibiting brothels, public communication for the purposes of communication and living off the profits of prostitution; the ruling gave the Canadians gov’t 12 months to rewrite those laws
– Prostitution has largely been unchanged since the early 19th century – despite frequent commissions, studies and constitutional challenges since the introduction of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms in 1982
– The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics reported in 1993 that much of the police activity is directed at the street level – over 10,000 prostitution-related incidents were reported in 1992; 95% communication offences & 5% bawdy-house & pimping offences
– The exact number of people in sex work is not known, since those stats can be reliably collected
– Between 10-33% of all prostitutes are estimated to work on the street level
– According to some estimates, most are women between the ages of 22-25, who began working between 16 and 20 and are single
– An estimated 30-70% of sex workers have children
– A field study suggested 62% of prostitutes in Vancouver, 50% in Toronto, 69% in Montreal claim to work by themselves
– Another study suggests, the presence of pimps was more extensive in the Maritimes and on the Prairies
– A 1998 poll suggested 7% of Canadain men have paid for sex at least once in their life
– More than 90% of prosecutions are under for communication – consequently, this has become one of the biggest targets of criticism – which designed to prevent public nuisance, actually ignores public safety – and the safety of those involved
– An examination of statistics suggests both a gender and role imbalance in prosecution and sentencing with women receiving higher conviction ratesand harsher sentences than male workers, clients or third parties
– A 2006 opinion poll showed 68% of Canadian believe prostitution is immoral (75% of women & 59% of men)
– A 2009 online survey conducted by Angus Reid showed:
– Prostitution was morally acceptable by 42% of Canadians, but there were differences by age and gender.
– Young people were the most critical of prostitution: only 36% of those aged 18–34 considered prostitution “morally acceptable”, compared to 45% of those aged 35–54, and 44% of those older than 55. 29% of women saw prostitution as acceptable, compared to 56% of men.
– 60% of respondents supported allowing indoor work.
– 16% supported the status quo
– 25% supported prohibition
– 50% supported decriminalisation
– A 2012 Ipsos Reid poll had 21% of respondents strongly agreed and 44% somewhat agreed that prostitution in brothels should be legal, while 20% strongly disagreed and 15% somewhat disagreed
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