Canada: House of Commons pass Bill C-36

A bill seeking to criminalise the purchase of sex and decriminalise the sale of sex has been passed by Canada’s House of Commons. The bill states that the Parliament of Canada “has grave concerns about the exploitation that is inherent in prostitution and the risks of violence posed to those who engage in it” and “recognizes the social harm caused by the objectification of the human body and the commodification of sexual activity.”

The bill now goes to Canada’s Senate – who will vote on whether the bill becomes law.