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Incorporating harm-reduction provisions in legislation to improve the well-being of sex workers


New Canadian legislation aims to criminalize the buying of sex, in order to reduce and eventually end prostitution, but evidence shows that spillover effects would create additional risks for sex workers. Changing the legislation to legalize and regulate sex services would be best for sex workers. Since that may not be possible immediately, instituting harm-reduction provisions would help women who are adversely affected by the current bill.

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