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Queen's University expert comments on Bill C-36

2014-07-07

Queen’s University law expert Kathleen Lahey is available to comment on the justice committee hearings on Bill C-36 that are happening this week.

This morning, Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s warned that prostitution will be decriminalized without a new law.

'The decriminalization of sex-selling as set out in Bill C-36 is consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada Bedford decision and as such, should be supported,” says Professor Lahey. “However, if the government is sincere in its claim that it is implementing a Canadian version of the Swedish model of sex-selling legislation, then Bill C-36 remains but a partial -- and potentially dangerous -- law unless it simultaneously creates effective alternatives to those who are considering selling sexual activity to others.”

Please note that Prof. Lahey is busy today between 2:30 and 4:30 pm and tomorrow until 2:30 pm. She is also only available for print and radio interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Rosie Hales at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca, or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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