Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Reimer's Vision promotes prostitution

To the editor:

I just saw Mark Hasiuk's excellent article in the Dec. 12 Courier (Vancouverites indifferent to plight of prostitutes).

I'm glad he is trying to hold Vision Vancouver to account for the safety of women in Vancouver. I recently joined Vision and was one of those who helped Robertson gain the nomination. I brought up the issue of prostitution with him and especially with Andrea Reimer. While Robertson remained silent, Reimer came out on side with those who believe that increasing the options for women to be prostituted will somehow make them safer.

This is the message that they are giving to our young people: buying someone for sex is OK, selling yourself for sex is a legitimate career, procuring and selling others for sex is legitimate work. We must interfere with this message and the progressive abolitionists have given us a way. I like Hasiuk's comparison of the current crop of reformers with those who argued for a kinder, gentler form of slavery in the early decades of the 19th century. I like to think that I am a white person who would have spoken up loudly for abolition at that time. I can do no less than speak up for the abolition of prostitution now.

Thanks for telling it like it is, Mark.

– Brian Cross,

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