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Position papers, inquiries, reports and bills from all levels of government including municipal, provincial and federal. There are also some from government organizations.

Federal Government of Canada

  • Bill C-27: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (child prostitution, child sex tourism, criminal harassment and female genital mutilation — 35th Parleament, 2nd Session. Royal Assent, April 25, 1997. Replaces Criminal Code Para. 212 (s.1) (f) with "on the arrival of a person in Canada, directs or causes that person to be directed or takes or causes that person to be taken, to a common bawdy-house."
  • Bill C-20: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act (PDF: C-20-2002.PDF) — First reading, December 5, 2002.
  • En français — Projet de Loi C-20: Loi modifiant le Code criminel (protection des enfants et d'autres personnes vulnérables) et la Loi sur la preuve au Canada (PDF: C-20-2002.PDF) — Première lecture le 5 décembre 2002.
  • Constitution Act, 1982. Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms (Excerpts)
  • PART I: Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, Constitution Act, 1982.
    Excerpted from The Charter of Rights and Freedoms: A Guide for Canadians. © Minister of Supply and Services Canada 1982.
    Cat. No. CP 45-24/ 1982-1
    ISBN 0-662-51913-2
  • Federal/Provincial Territorial Working Group on Prostitution: Report and Recommendations in respect of Legislation, Policy and Practices Concerning Prostitution-Related Activities. December 1998.
    Download .RTF file: consult.rtf
    Download MS Word .DOC file: consult.doc.
  • Bill C-397: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prostitution). The House Of Commons Of Canada, 1st Session, 36th Parliament, 46-47 Elizabeth II, 1997-98. First reading, May 1, 1998. See as well the press release and a letter to Mayor and Council from Eric Lowther MP for Calgary Centre who tabled this private member's bill.
  • Report: Bill C-397 — Prostitution as a Dual Offence. From Superintendent R.G. Dicks, Officer in Charge, Burnaby Detachment, RCMP. Received by the City of Burnaby Community Policing Committee meeting, September 10, 1998.
    The Committee had requested a report on the effects of Bill C-397 should it become law. Superintendent Dicks recommends that the Mayor and Councillors support the bill. Burnaby City Council's decision to support the bill was reported in The Province, October 4, 1998.
  • Petitioning The House of Commons: A Practical Guide. An easy to follow guide to writing petitions regarding federal laws. Sent to Chris Bearchell at Maggie's, by MP Sven Robinson's office, September 1993.
  • Violence Against Persons Who Prostitute: The Experience in British Columbia. John Lowman, Laura Fraser, 1995. Research, Statistics and Evaluation Directorate; Department of Justice, Canada. TR1996-14e
  • Street prostitution in Canada, 1995 Juristat Vol. 17, No. 2 Cat. no. 85-002 StatsCan
  • Dealing with Prostitution in Canada, Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Prostitution. (March 1995.)
    "This consultation paper has been prepared by the Working Group on Prostitution established in 1992 by the Federal-Provincial Territorial Deputy Ministers Responsible for Justice. The paper discusses a number of options that have been proposed by various parties to deal with the problem of prostitution in Canada. These options were proposed in preliminary discussions and municipalities, community groups, police, and people involved in the sex trade, among others."
    Webmaster's note: I worked at Maggie's, a prostitute-operated and run service organization in Toronto from 1992 - 1995. Maggie's received two form letters of invitation that didn't really explain the importance of our participation. From what I could discern, the few sex workers the Working Group talked to were individuals with no peer group support who's names were provided by social services organizations.
  • Report on Assessing the Need to Reduce Drug-Related Harm Among Prostitutes Who Use Drugs. Health Promotion and Social Development, Health Canada (File no. 6552-2-371). Maggie's, the Toronto Prostitutes' Community Service Project, 1994.

  • Street Prostitution: Assessing the Impact of the Law, Synthesis Report, Department of Justice Canada, Ministry of Supply and Services Canada, 1989.
  • Pornography and Prostitution in Canada – Report of the Special Committee on Pornography and Prostitution, Vols. 1 & 2. Ministry of Supply and Services Canada, 1985.
  • Prostitution. Jane Allain, Marilyn Pilon, Law and Government Division, Research Branch, Library of Parliament, Current Issue Review 82-2E, February 9, 1982, Revised October 31, 1994.


British Columbia

  • Letter from the Minister, B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development
    March 27, 2002.
  • Letter from the Minister, B.C. Ministry for Children and Families
    November 28, 2000.
  • Secure Care Act Backgrounder, B.C. Ministry for Children and Families
  • Issue Alert: Secure Care Act, Office of the Child, Youth & Family Advocate, British Columbia. (July 7, 2000.)
    A response to the Secure Care Act legislation with a number of recommendations..
  • Secure Care Act, British Columbia. (July 6, 2000.)
    Legislation modeled partly on the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution Act of Alberta passed in 1999 (as well as "Part 4: Secure Treatment" of the Child Welfare Act of Alberta), that allows the Ministry for Children and Families to arrest and detain a young person for 72 hours, if they believe that they are a danger to themselves such as on the street, taking drugs or working as a prostitute.
  • Canada's Justice System Has Failed B.C.'s Missing Women, Says Libby Davies — News Release, October 4, 2002.
    Libby Davies, M.P., Vancouver East, Federal NDP spokesperson for Housing.
  • Speaking Out On: Missing Women — Excerpts from Hansard (October 4, 2002)
    Libby Davies, M.P., Vancouver East, Federal NDP spokesperson for Housing.
  • missing-poster.pdf: Missing Downtown Eastside Women. (February, 2002.)
    Updated to 50 missing women…
  • $100,000 Reward: Missing Downtown Eastside Women. (July 29, 1999.)
    The Ministry of Attorney General and the Vancouver Police Board have authorized a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the unlawful confinement, kidnapping or murder of any or all of 31 women listed missing from the streets of Vancouver. Available as PDF: rewardposter.pdf (prints 11" x 17").
  • Regina v. Bennest Appeal Report, Ministry of Attorney General, British Columbia. (February 12, 1998.)
    The AG's office concludes that police inappropriately handled the media in relation to "child pornography" charges against former Burnaby principal William Bennest. As well, see newsclippings about the Bennest case.
  • Being Aware, Taking Care: Information Guide for Parents, Counsellors, Youth Agencies, Teachers and Police addressing the dangers of street life and exploitation of youth in the sex trade. Ministry of Attorney General, Youth Programs Division. 1996.



  • Bill 155, 2000: Remedies for Organized Crime and Other Unlawful Activities Act/Loi de 2000 sur les recours pour crime organisé et autres activités illégales.
    Hon. Mr. Flaherty (Attorney General). First Reading December 5, 2000.  Order for Second Reading discharged pursuant to S.O. 72 and Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Social Policy December 20.
  • Bill 176, 2000: Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation Act/Loi de 2000 sur la protection des enfants contre l'exploitation sexuelle.
    Hon. Mr. Flaherty (Attorney General). First Reading December 19, 2000.
  • Bill 95, 2000: Protection of Minors from Sexually Explicit Goods and Services Act/Loi de 2000 sur la protection des mineurs contre les biens et services sexuellement explicites.
    Mr. Wood (P.C./London West). First Reading June 15, 2000.
  • Bill 6, 1999: Protection of Children involved in Prostitution Act/Loi de 1999 sur la protection des enfants qui se livrent à la prostitution.
    Mr. Bartolucci (L./Sudbury). First Reading October 26, 1999. Second Reading May 11, 2000. Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on General Government.
  • Bill 18, 1998: An Act to Protect Children Involved in Prostitution/Loi de 1998 sur la protection des enfants qui se livrent à la prostitution.
    Mr. R. Bartolucci (L./Sudbury). First Reading May 12, 1998. Second Reading May 28. Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Social Development. Considered June 22. This private member's bill in the Ontario Legislature was the subject of public hearings by the Standing Committee on Social Development which were held in Sudbury, August 17; London, August 18; and Toronto, September 28,1998. The bill has been selected as a "Private Member's Public Bill."
  • Adult sex video convictions deliver a strong message, says Tsubouchi. News Release - February 19, 1998, Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations.
  • Report of an Inquiry into Administration of Internal Investigations by the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force
    Conducted by the Ontario Civilan Commission on Police Services, The Junger/Whitehead Inquiry was launched when the Toronto Star exposed a secret resignation deal made by Toronto Police. Cnst. Gordon Junger, a morality squad officer caught operating an escort service, agreed to resign quietly from the Toronto force. In exchange, Internal Affairs officers agreed to drop all charges and destroy evidence. The Commission later widened the probe to include the case against former Sgt. Brian Whitehead, who had allegedly sexually assaulted a woman (who worked occasionally as a prostitute) and threatened her with arrest. The woman — known only as "Jane Doe" — testified anonymously at the Inquiry. See also — Responses to the Junger/Whitehead Inquiry Recommendations:
    • Police Response to Reports of Violence Against Prostitutes: A Submission from Maggie's, the Toronto Prostitutes' Community Service Project to the Police Services Board in Response to the Report of an Inquiry into Administration of Internal Investigations by the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force. Submitted September 25, 1992
    • Response to the Police Service Board Resolutions: Response to the Resolutions of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board based upon the Report of an Inquiry into Internal Investigations of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force by the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services. Submitted by William J. McCormack, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Toronto Police Force, October 26, 1992. (Agenda Item No. 4 -- Public Meeting of the Metro Toronto Police Services Board, November 5, 1992. Stamped "RECEIVED Nov. 9 1992, Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner.")
    • Minutes of the February 25, 1993 meeting of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board. Police Board adopts a report from the Chief of Police on internal discipline regarding the Internal Affairs officers involved in the Junger/Whitehead cover-ups.
    • Check out the Complete List of newspaper stories about the Junger/Whitehead affair!

  • The Regulation of Prostitution, Board of Health - Report No. 7, Clause 3. pp. 44. Toronto City Council, Minute No. 12.77. June 26 - 27, 1995.
  • Street Prostitution: Assessing the Impact of the Law Toronto, Sharon Moyer, The Research Group and Peter J. Carrington, University of Waterloo; the Department of Justice Canada, Minister of Supply and Services Canada, 1989.
  • The Evaluation of Bill C-49 in Toronto: Implementation by the Criminal Justice System and the Impact of the Legislation in Street Prostitution, Sharon Moyer, The Research Group and Peter J. Carrington, University of Waterloo; the Department of Justice Canada, (June 15, 1988.)
  • Public Report (regarding Bill C-49), Metropolitan Toronto Police Force. (November 6, 1986.)

Prairie Provinces

  • Evaluation of Bill C-49 in Calgary Regina and Winnipeg A study of the Impact of the New Anti-Soliciting Law on the Prairies 1986 - 1987, Augustine Brannigan, Louis Knafla, Christopher Levy, Department of Justice Canada, 1988.

United States

  • ILAB Press Release: Labor Department Releases Report On Child Prostitution As A Form Of Forced Labor, U.S. Department of Labor (April 23, 1996.)
  • Final Report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, Rutledge Hill Press, 1986.
  • The San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution Final Report (Outside link.)
    The San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution was established by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to consist of "…twenty-eight members who shall represent a broad cross section of San Francisco with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. … to do a comparative study of current prostitution laws and regulations in other cities in the United States and internationally," and to "…explore all options for reform on prostitution laws, social services and law enforcement practices in San Francisco…"

United Nations

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948. Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948.
  • Getting at the Roots: Stopping exploitation of migrant workers by organized crime (GETROOTS.PDF) International Symposium, The UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime: Requirements for Effective Implementation. Turin, Italy, February 22-23, 2002.
  • International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (UN-000208-E.PDF) — Resolution Adopted By The United Nations General Assembly, February 8, 2000.
  • Convention Internationale sur la Protection des Droits de Tous les Travailleurs Migrants et des Membres de Leur Famille (UN-000208-F.PDF) — Résolution Adoptée Par L'Assemblée Générale, Nations Unies, 8 février 2000.
  • Convención Internacional sobre la protección de los derechos de todos los trabajadores migratorios y de sus familiares (UN-000208-S.PDF) — Resolución Aprobada Por La Asamblea General, Naciones Unidas, 8 de febrero de 2000.
  • Sex industry assuming massive proportions in Southeast Asia Economic incentives and hardships fuel the growth of the sex sector: Migrant women, children are particularly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation. International Labour Organization Press Release. (August 19, 1998.) RE: The Sex Sector: The economic and social bases of prostitution in Southeast Asia, edited by Lin Lean Lim. ISBN 92-2-109522-3. The report is available for 35 Swiss Francs. Email:



  • Issue Paper 19, Sexual Offences: Adult Prostitution (SALC-IP19.PDF) — South African Law Commission, Project 107. July 12, 2002. (ISBN: 0-62133159-7)
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