'Tories Moral Stand Put Prostitutes In Danger' By Kimberly Potter

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The article “Tories’ moral stand puts prostitutes in danger” by Kimberly Potter seeks to analyze and criticize Bill C-36 which pertains to the criminalization of actions related to prostitution. Unfortunately this article fails to effectively develop a discussion surrounding the issue with adequate support and argument criticisms. The article bases its argument primarily on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision that three laws in Bill C-36; Buying sex, communication for the purpose of prostitution where children might reasonably be present and advertising sexual services make the conditions for prostitution, a legal action, much more dangerous. Kimberly Potter focuses the article on the basis that Bill C-36 makes the conditions more exploitive…show more content…
The article moves away from the potential issues of Bill C-36 and necessary changes for these laws and slowly progresses into attacking the politicians and government behind the bill. This is evident through one of the closing sentences which introduces morality unexpectedly. “Despite the rhetoric, the bill is not aimed at preventing the exploitation of prostitutes. Rather, it is aimed at sending a message: prostitution is immoral.” It can be argued by the author that the connection between “a segment of society that finds prostitution distasteful based on their own values and beliefs about what sex should be about” serves as sufficient support to claim that the government and politicians subscribe to these beliefs. Additionally, as quoted by MacKay, Bill C-36 is intended to deter people from entering the sex trade. The government has a history of refusing to improve conditions on suffering individuals without wavering as exhibited by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in Vancouver. In 2011 the government “was more interested in condemning drug use by refusing to grant the exemption than ameliorating the grim conditions of drug users”. There is no middle ground for the Canadian Government in taboo topics. In retort to this defense, the use of the 2011 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act example cannot be correctly applied to this situation. The use of the drugs requested in that example are illegal, while prostitution, as claimed in this article, remains a legal activity. These two examples are in separate categories and cannot be used effectively to draw similarities. Additionally the author neglects to acknowledge that using laws as a deterrent is a method of approach and doesn’t necessarily equate to government officials subscribing to a certain moral

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