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Eradicating sexual exploitation in porn should not be at the expense of sex workers

By Rebecca Sullivan, Professor, Women's Studies, University of Calgary
Maggie MacDonald, PhD Student, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Valerie Webber, PhD Candidate, Community Health & Humanities, Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Conservative MP Arnold Viersen recently introduced Bill C-302, adding two offences to the Canadian Criminal Code regarding pornography: one for making material without written confirmation of performer’s legal age and consent and another for distributing such material.

Curiously, both acts are already illegal.

Canada has some of the most stringent laws in the world around child sexual abuse material and consent to sexual activity. It is a…


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