NOW Magazine, a free Toronto weekly, stood alongside fellow opponents of Canada’s new prostitution laws Wednesday, and stood by its decision to run sexual service ads despite the legal grey area they now fall into.
A coalition of sex workers and civil rights activists gathered at the Ontario legislature on Wednesday to mark the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and protest the laws enacted earlier this month.
Opponents of the new laws are urging provincial leaders to oppose the recently-enacted changes, which they say criminalizes sex workers and includes a crackdown on advertising those services.
The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act makes it illegal for a third party to advertise the sale of others’ sexual services. The government notes this could extend to publishers and website administrators.
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