VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Without johns, prostitutes are without money
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
Elizabeth Hudson is the author of
Snow Bodies. Hudson's timely memoir
Updated: August 21, 2016