Today, a group of 52 survivors of sexual exploitation and 158 other stakeholders sent a joint letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to uphold and defend the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA). A copy of the letter was sent to the leaders of the other political parties, as well as Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.
This letter is in response to the constitutional challenge of six key provisions of PCEPA that was filed on March 30, 2021.
In this joint letter, more than 200 signatories from 12 countries are stating a clear message for Prime Minister Trudeau: Paid sexual access to women’s bodies is not legitimate business. There is no right to buy sex, but women do have a right to equality, and to live free from violence and exploitation.
PCEPA is an essential tool in fighting sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The signatories call on the Canadian government to uphold and defend the laws, and ensure they are fully implemented and enforced across the country.
In order to prevent sexual exploitation and uphold women’s equality in our society, our laws need to work to diminish demand for paid sex – not enable it.