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NS End Demand wants Nova Scotians protected from the dehumanizing practices of prostitution, trafficking and non-state torture. We want strong communities that support safety and wellness for all, especially vulnerable women and youth. This starts with ending the demand by buyers and pimps, to sexually exploit community members.
Nova Scotia is vulnerable as a source area for prostitution and human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Women and girls are the majority of those prostituted. Non-dominant and racialized groups, such as Native women and girls, are disproportionately represented.
- Entry into prostitution and remaining in it are both influenced by a variety of socio-economic factors, such as poverty, youth, lack of education, child sexual abuse and other forms of child abuse, and drug addiction.
- Prostitution is inherently exploitative and violent, an extremely dangerous activity with high rates of physical and psychological harm to those subjected to it, regardless of the venue or legal framework in which it takes place, both from buyers (johns) and from third parties.
- Buyers are criminals who create the demand for prostitution, which maintains and furthers pre-existing power imbalances, and ensures that vulnerable persons remain subjected to it.
- Prostitution is associated with non-state torture (NST). Learn more about NST here: http://nonstatetorture.org/files/4914/4478/3699/prostitutionpamphlet.pdf and here: http://nonstatetorture.org/files/6613/8754/5025/NSTHTpamphlet.pdf
- Prostitution reinforces gender inequalities in society at large by normalizing the treatment of primarily women’s bodies as commodities to be bought and sold. In this regard, prostitution harms everyone in society by sending the message that access to women’s and girls’ bodies can be bought by those with money and power, primarily men. This is demeaning and degrading the human dignity of all women and girls by entrenching a clearly gendered practice in Canadian society.
- Prostitution also negatively impacts the communities in which it takes place through a number of factors, including: related organized crime, such as human trafficking and drug-related crime; exposure of children to treating humans as a commodity; the risk of community members being drawn into a life of exploitation; harassment of residents; and solicitation of children, youth and others by exploiters.
- Third parties promote and capitalize on this demand by facilitating the prostitution of others for their own gain. This includes advertisers. Such persons may initially pose as benevolent helpers, providers of assistance and protection to those who “work” for them. But the development of economic interests in the prostitution of others creates opportunities for human trafficking for sexual exploitation to flourish.