Slavery is the greatest sin that mankind has committed against itself. The treatment that slaves are put through is abominable, and needs to come to an end. We need to ban cotton picking as a career, and unburden ourselves of the inherent problems in the farm labour industry.

Retail employees, and all members of the service industry, are forced to smile and perform degrading tasks set for them by the expectations of their clientele. Retail must be destroyed to prevent further dehumanizing practices from taking place.

Actors in Hollywood are seen only through the roles that they play. When society thinks of its glamourous stars, it doesn’t think of them as people or human beings, only as the series of performances that they have given. We must abolish Hollywood to get rid of the objectification of those who take part in it.

I hope most of you reading this can understand the facetiousness of these statements; although granted, getting rid of retail would be kind of nice. But as ludicrous as all these statements are, they are the arguments being put forward on the debate of Bill-c36, which is the prostitution bill that the Conservative government is attempting to push through. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of danger in prostitution. Street workers are often preyed upon, and human trafficking is one of the most disgusting trespasses against basic human dignity. However, pushing sex work further into the shadows will only exacerbate the problems that those who participate in it face.

The bill as it currently stands seeks to eliminate the sex worker’s ability to advertise. This cuts down on her ability to use the safety, anonymity, and privacy of the internet as a means of procuring clients. The bill also forbids sex workers from touting her wares anywhere where a minor might reasonably be present, so basically now she’s stuck in the back alleyways of the worst part of town. It also wants to punish the clients (the “humane” approach, rather than punishing the sex workers) by making the purchasing, rather than the selling, of sex illegal. This makes the assumption that working girls won’t accommodate their client-base however they can, likely resulting in, again, the pushing of the purchasing act further underground. The bill also upholds the ban on sex workers hiring individuals with their own money. While meant to prevent pimps, the ban also eliminates bodyguards or drivers; people who could protect, or at least know the whereabouts, of the hooker who hired them.

It honestly boggles my mind a little bit how myopic, or even just plain stupid, some people are when it comes to the sex trade. I have an arts degree and work in a butcher shop, and even to me it is so obvious that prohibition is the most asinine solution to whatever problems, imagined or otherwise, the sex trade might have.

I recognize the uselessness of screaming into the void which is the equivalent of me writing this blog post. No judge will read this. No MP will hear what I have to say. But maybe a few more people will become as indignant about this as I am, and that’s a small change that I would be happy to make.

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