Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Legalizing Prostitution Makes Problem Worse

Legalisation of prostitution would increase the demand for sex workers, destroy the family institution and lure the next generation into the fresh trade, a seminar was told.

Montri Sinthavichai, senator and child right activist, said legalisation would result in more people entering the trade.

Mr Montri said demand for sex services would also increase, leading to the return of the new phenomenon in which girls in rural villages were bought from their parents and sent to work in towns as sex workers.

Source: Bangkok Post, August 28, 2004.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Canada's offshore child sex law faces its first test

On Sept. 7, in British Columbia provincial court, a preliminary hearing is scheduled to commence in the case of one Donald Bakker.

Bakker has been charged with 28 sex-related offences involving alleged assaults from January, 2000, to December, 2003.

Here's why the case will be closely watched: It's the first ever prosecution under Section 7(4.1) of the Criminal Code, which deals with offshore sexual offences against children or, as it's colloquially known, child sex tourism.

Source: Toronto Star - click here for the full article.