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For sex workers, the Nordic model still falls short

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Published: 20May2014
Angela Campbell is a professor and associate dean at McGill University’s faculty of law. She is the author of Sister Wives, Surrogates and Sex Workers: Outlaws by Choice?

Last week, Montreal police announced a “policy shift” on prostitution toward the Nordic model, which casts sex workers as victims who need protection rather than offenders who deserve punishment. The Nordic model is also rumoured to be the inspiration for new federal prostitution laws on the horizon, which the Conservatives have announced will be aimed at “protecting the vulnerable.” But despite its progressive sounding name, the Nordic model holds little promise for actually safeguarding the security rights of sex workers...

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