WDW387 February 7 2012.docx

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February 7 - Lecture 5 - Introduction to Prostitution
February-07-12
1:12 PM
Documentary on Prostitution
-reduce exploitation and violence against sex trade workers - purpose for prohibiting acts relating to
prostitution
-survival sex trade workers
-inability to afford education for a proper job
-limiting harm to workers rather than focusing on issue of causing public disruptions etc.
-approach these issues with education system rather than legal system, programs to take workers off
the street
-registration systems for dangerous workers/clients
-government corruption; revenue Canada not responsible for reporting illegal events, just interested in
getting proper portion of money
Idea - work on preventative measures primarily, set up safest way to conduct business otherwise, yet
still discourage it; real harms and social/moral harms
-i.e. sex trade worker registry available online, free newspapers, mailed to businesses; must have
memberships, anonymous identities etc. respect privacy
-like restaurants, health checks of businesses, allow certain number of licenses per area to decrease
involvement
-think about the prohibition on marijuana etc.
-indoor, outdoor licensing scheme; address members that may be left out or not want to use business
idea etc.
-or, what is the major issue causing P; could be family or inability to afford education, inability to get a
job, a job that pays more than P
How to Write a Policy Paper
Starting Points
Given the superior court of Ontario's decision in Bedford v. Canada, and the possibility that the SCC may
strike down the prostitution laws as unconstitutional, imagine;
1. You have been hired by the Federal Government to write a policy paper outlining new
legislation to regulate prostitution through the code
2. Or, you have been hired by the City of Toronto to write a policy paper outlining municipal
bylaws to regulate prostitution in Toronto
Federal: Canadian Law Reform
-for example, criminalize the buying of sex and decriminalize the selling of sex (the Swedish model)
Municipal; Regulatory mechanisms
-for example, use zoning laws to confine prostitution to certain areas etc.
-if municipal, should not be governed by the code; rather zoning or legitimate business work - licensing
business model
Key Components (1 Page)
1. Introduction - frame the problem/challenge
-describe 2-3 key points (e.g. Bedford v. Canada) and issues that have led to this submission
Rationale
-why does Canada/Toronto need these changes? Why now?
Summary of Proposal - what are you seeking approval to do?
-know exactly why you are doing and what you are doing - write thesis
e.g. given these circumstances, this paper will argue that prostitution is best regulated at the municipal
level, and these 3 features will allow government to reduce harm to sex trade workers
2. Jurisdictional Review (3 Pages)
-provide an overview of what other jurisdictions are doing, including how their actions differ from what
is being proposed and/or how they are the same
-indicate whether work in other jurisdictions is being perceived as a success or failure
-there is a lot of value in examining what happened in other countries - strong argument not to
implement same model, if it failed
-be extremely precise, avoid generalities - throughout history, some people have done x
Questions to Consider
-how have other governments dealt with this challenge?
-beyond whether or not that regulatory solution has been perceived as a success or failure, would it
work in Canada/Toronto, why or why not?
-why may a different approach be preferred?
3. Guiding Principles (1 Page max)
-2 to 4 guiding principles to shape decision-making, policy development or action (for example,
accessibility, safety of sex workers, commercial freedom etc.)
-rank guiding principles in order of importance
-come up with ideas of what you want to achieve, and select what will achieve them, why have
proposals been chosen
-each proposal or action should be consistent with most, if not all, principles
-this is what I'm introducing to regulate prostitution, and this is how it will be achieved; overarching
theme of what is to be achieved
-must account for inconsistent principles/purposes, mention priorities; choose highest guiding principles
with others on the sides; can one override another etc.
4. Policy Proposals (3 Pages)
Each proposal should include:
-proposal/initiative decision
-an explanation of how it is consistent with principles
-pros/cons - impacts (financial and other), expected outcomes, implementation
-be extremely detailed; what kind of license, who will implement it, what about stigma
-assume your ideal government, no need to shape policies to current government
-can address later on whether current government would suit policies
5. Stakeholder Analysis (1 Page)
-identify affected stakeholders
-indicate how you will manage stakeholder concerns/issues
-use a table for the analysis; indicate who the stakeholders are, a major concern and a response to the
concern
-e.g. residential community, tolerance zone is nearby; reduce value of property, response; will have in
certain districts; outdoor and indoor workers
-be thorough; may depend on what you are proposing; 10 or so stakeholders is good, average is 6
-no need to rank stakeholders, point form ; use policies to respond to the issues
-use subheadings for paper
6. Conclusion (1 Page)
-pull all the pieces together
-reiterate challenge and guiding principles
-explain how the totality of proposals ( 1pgh) achieve and are consistent with the guiding principles
-outline cumulative impacts
-link policies and desired outcomes
HINTS - treat this as a package to be sold, give it a title and argue why it is the best