Is MindGeek Immune to Canadian Laws?

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Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek have been on the hot seat both internationally and domestically for hosting and profiting from heinous crimes such as rape, CSAM, sex trafficking, and non-consensual material.  MindGeek is facing several lawsuits, service suspensions from credit card providers and an investigation by the House of Commons Ethics Committee. Hundreds of survivors, advocates, and elected officials …

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This guest blog post was written by Mikhaela Gray-Beerman, an anti-trafficking advocate, researcher and educator. Author’s Note: I acknowledge that I am not writing this article from the perspective of an individual with lived experience. I recognize the importance of uplifting the voices of those who have been impacted by the sex industry and I believe that their perspectives are …

Prostitution In Canada: A Survivor’s Perspective

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This post concludes our series on Prostitution in Canada. Our last post discussed Canada’s prostitution laws. Today, we’ll hear a survivor’s perspective. Today’s guest author is Trisha Baptie. Trisha is a feminist and a survivor of 15 years in the sex industry in Vancouver, BC. As a citizen journalist, she covered the murder of some of her friends during the …

Prostitution in Canada: PCEPA

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This blog post continues our series about prostitution in Canada. Our last blog post explored the question “What is Demand?”. Today, we focus on Canada’s current prostitution laws: PCEPA. Today’s guest authors are Julia Beazley, Director of Public Policy at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and Arlene Stinson, Coordinator of Research and Strategic Development for Defend Dignity. What are Canada’s current …

Prostitution in Canada: What is Demand?

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This blog post continues our series about prostitution in Canada. Our last blog post explored the question “what is prostitution”. Today, we focus on demand. Our guest author for this post is Hennes Doltze, Program Manager for Diversion Programs at the Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services in Winnipeg. When an individual is arrested for purchasing or attempting to purchase …

Prostitution in Canada: What Is Prostitution?

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This is the first post in Defend Dignity 4-part blog series about prostitution in Canada. The goal of this series is to help you understand what prostitution is, why it continues to exist, what we mean when we talk about “demand”, what Canada’s prostitution laws are, and the differences between Canada’s laws and those in place elsewhere in the world.  …

National Post Article Takes Aim At PornHub’s Critics

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On May 3rd the National Post published an article written by Tyler Dawson entitled “Anti-porn activists come after Montreal-based Pornhub.” Defend Dignity takes issue with many aspects of this article. Rather than contend up front with well-documented and high profile cases of clear criminal activity featured on PornHub, Dawson instead spends the bulk of his article discrediting those calling PornHub …

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I commend MP Viersen’s attempt to take a stand for prostituted women

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I commend MP Viersen’s attempt to take a stand for prostituted women. As a survivor myself, I can see that, although being somewhat unprepared to address this complicated topic, he tried to show the madness there is in defending men’s ”right” to purchase access to the bodies of vulnerable women. He did prove a point, echoed in the very outrage …

Defend Dignity Welcomes Justice Committee’s Report on Human Trafficking

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Defend Dignity welcomes the newest report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights which was presented to parliament on December 11th, 2018.  The report, entitled “Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada”, includes seventeen recommendations for the Justice Minister pertaining to the government’s approach to human trafficking. Defend Dignity believes the recommendations made by the …

USMCA maintains important U.S. legislation against sex trafficking websites

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Defend Dignity is pleased to learn that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, formerly NAFTA) will not include language that might have undermined the ability for the United States, Canada, and Mexico to prosecute websites connected to sex trafficking. Earlier this year, the United States congress amended a piece of internet legislation (Section 230 of the United States’ Communications Decency Act) …