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Without johns, prostitutes are without money

Letter

May 1, 2005

It comes as no surprise that the Eastside Business Improvement Association is the driving force behind Vancouver's vice-squad initiative to further criminalize johns.

Business associations have long been at odds with street sex-trade workers.

CREDIT: Les Bazso, The Province

Battling prostitution might just mean legalizing it.

There are few voices from the street that can overcome the financial muscle of business.

However, I believe both business associations and police vice squads have little idea of the repercussions further criminalizing the johns will have.

By jailing the johns, the street sex-trade workers are denied their sole source of income.

This sets the stage for more drug-addicted women to commit more violent crimes.

This proposal removes income but does not eradicate addiction. Like their male counterparts, female addicts will also be sent in larger numbers to prison, with longer sentences.

Taxpayers will end up supporting a larger female prison population.

To remove the only source of income for most female addicts will only result in escalating violence.

The police and businesses have been warned but obviously don't care.

The cost will be extracted, as always, from the desperation of the street sex-trade worker.

Elizabeth Hudson, Calgary

 The Vancouver Province 2005

Courtesy of The Vancouver Province

Snow Bodies, one woman's life on the streets - Elizabeth Hudson

Elizabeth Hudson is the author of Snow Bodies. Hudson's timely memoir
of her years spent as a heroin addict and prostitute on the streets of Calgary
and Vancouver in the early 70s. It is the heartbreaking story of addiction, sex,
violence, and finally, the courageous triumph of an unbreakable human spirit.

 

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