December 6, 2014 2:02 pm

More than 60 groups call for repeal of new prostitution law

Demonstrators protest the Harper government's proposed prostitution legislation on a Toronto street Saturday, June 14, 2014.

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TORONTO – More than 60 organizations and agencies from across the country are calling for the non-enforcement and repeal of new prostitution laws that came into force on Saturday.

The groups – which include the Canadian AIDS Society, John Howard Society, and Native Women’s Resource Centre – want the new law repealed and the full decriminalization of sex work in Canada.

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The sweeping new changes to the way prostitution is regulated in Canada follow a Supreme Court decision last year that found the old laws violated the rights of prostitutes.

The groups say the law will recriminalize sex work while recreating the harms and violence experienced by sex workers under the previous laws criminalizing prostitution.

The groups are calling for sex work to be legal in Canada and say sex workers should have legal and labour rights.

Akio Maroon of Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project calls the implementation of the new law “a sad day for human rights in Canada.”

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