Urgent Call to Action
Defend Dignity has worked hard to encourage the Federal Government to put good legislation in place that would protect prostituted people and criminalize the purchase of sex. We have celebrated Bill C-36, “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act” which received Royal Assent in November and came into force on December 6, 2014.
We are saddened to hear that 25 Toronto City Councillors have asked Premier Wynne not to enforce the new law, calling into question its constitutionality.
The Premier has asked her Attorney General to research whether the new laws conform to the Constitution. As a result of this, the law may not be enforced pending an appeal. Defend Dignity believes that the new law should be enforced in order to give police all the tools they need to bring purchasers, pimps and traffickers to justice, and provide prostituted people protection.
Please consider writing a letter to Toronto City Councillors, Mayor John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Attorney General Madeline Meilleur and your local MPP. Contact information here
Writing a letter in your own words is best. You can use the following samples to guide you:
Thank you for continuing to stand up for exploited people in Ontario!
We've developed a toolkit for people who are excited to take the next step in helping to defend dignity. This kit contains resources that will fully equip you to become another voice advocating and educating others to get involved.
If you suspect someone is being sexually trafficked or exploited please contact Crime Stoppers 1.800.222.8477 or call the Human Trafficking National Crisis Line 1.866.528.7109
You can do something to change this. Take the next step and get involved in even one thing because…..Together we can end prostitution!