It's amazing what should actually be illegal in Canada.
I decided to look up Canada's Prostitution Laws today, and came across a section of the Criminal Code entitled "Offences Tending to Corrupt Morals." I thought to myself "Wow! We have such laws?"
Then I read them. My eyes popped out of my head! Surely these laws have not been followed, dare I say heard of, in a very long time. In fact, I would be willing to bet that the average citizen does not know of their existence. Technically, all manner of porn should be illegal in Canada. So should all Viagra commercials. I kid you not. Read Section 163-172 for yourself.
After a brief discussion with my husband on just how far Canada has fallen, I moved on to our prostitution laws. The relevant pieces of law can be found in Section 210-213 of the Criminal Code.
I couldn't help but notice that we are missing some sort of meaningful law against pimping and trafficking. Part h of Section 212 is the closest thing. It reads:
for the purposes of gain, exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in such manner as to show that he is aiding, abetting or compelling that person to engage in or carry on prostitution with any person or generally.
The maximum sentence for violation of section 212 is not to exceed ten years, but we have no minimum sentence. Section 213 relates only to street prostitutes and stopping traffic, but there are no sentences provided at all.
What also concerns me is that the act of prostitution, procuring a prostitute, trafficking, pimping and those who use rape drugs on an individual are all lumped into the same thing. If it is true that some women are forced into prostitution (and we know it does happen) then should there not be stricter sentences for those who pimp, traffick and intoxicate such individuals?
What is even more disturbing is that someone who procures a prostitute who is under 18 years of age must serve at least six months for their crime, but may serve no more than 5 years. This is unacceptable.
I am going to spend some time thinking about what would be a suitable change to these laws. I'll be posting my ideas later on.