Some women who come to Canada get trapped by the system – and become exploited as sex workers.
No, not all.
Some women choose to prostitute themselves – and they should be free to do so, and safely (as in, within the law, so they feel free to call police if they are robbed or assaulted – just like everyone else).
But, until our anti-prostitution laws are thrown out, some women – especially some immigrant women – will be trapped ‘by the system’ and will become, in a very real way, sex-slaves. In ‘therapeutic massage’ places and strip clubs and so on…
Their sponsors (whom they owe money for transportation here) take away their ‘papers’ and force them to ‘work off the debt’… Except that, once they start working in the illegal sex industry, they are told that since they broke the laws, they must continue to work as sex slaves or they would be ‘turned over to the authorities’ – something most 3rd world immigrant women fear, as they come from countries where ‘authorities’ do not treat women in jail very well.
So, while I think that prostitution should be legal – until it is, I cannot condone anyone paing for the services of 3rd world immigrants trapped in the ‘massage parlour’ sex trade. It’s not the sex that bothers me – it is that these customers are actively helping to enslave women who would are not in this line of work voluntarily.
So much has been written about it that one would have to try very, very hard not to be aware of this.
Except, perhaps, Mr. Layton.
Or, perhaps not!
Mr. Layton – if you want to get your jollies off, good for you. But don’t abuse the most vulnerable in our society in order to do it!!!
P.S. – I should be more clear on what I mean: I don’t care if Mr. Layon got a massage or a massage with a ‘happy ending’ – I have a problem with the fact that he would financially support an illegal bawdy house.