The debate over Ontario's prostitution laws began yesterday, and it's all I've really been able to think about. This province, this country is about to go to shit. If these new laws are passed, everything is over. Ontario, and quite possibly the whole of Canada will become the globes' newest sex-tourism hotspot. The new Las Vegas, the new Amsterdam. Women here will not be safe despite what the advocates for legalized prostitution will tell you. Women are not safe now, and their safety will be further compromised. Men will not treat prostitutes any better and as a result of these laws, men will treat women who are not prostitutes worse. Men will leave their families. Men will bankrupt themselves. Crime will skyrocket. Drug use and drug trafficking, human slavery and human trafficking will skyrocket. STD rates will skyrocket. Child abuse and kidnapping will skyrocket as attitudes become more perverse and a demand for the bodies of new women and new children fast becomes impossible to keep up with. There is nothing "liberal" about regulating human slavery. There is nothing "progressive" about keeping women and children firmly entrenched in their sex-class roles. There will come no good from decriminalizing prostitution unless the johns and pimps are cracked down upon. The men who buy and sell women need to be held responsible for the suffering they impose. Most women (99.9%, to be fucking SURE) do not choose to be prostitutes. More often this choice is made for them by the men in their life, through mind and soul crushing sexual abuse, rape, incest, forced poverty, forced drug addiction. This is not a victimless crime, as one dominatrix seems to want us all to believe.
Please Ontario government, don't do this. I'm begging you. Don't do this to the women of this province, of this country. Do the damn research. Stopping these new prostitution laws might be the only thing a Conservative majority ever does that I'll agree with. Harper, you can't be for this, not with your religious right backing. Do the right thing, even if you don't agree with why you're doing it. Save these women, don't doom them to continue this lifestyle of slavery.
Don't kill these women.