Respecting differences of ideology and opinion as Canada works its way toward an uneasy consensus Buying Sex challenges us to question whether prostitution is the oldest profession or the oldest oppression.
Packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices Eco Pack "Buying Sex brilliantly zeroes in on two radically different visions at the heart of these debates through the stories of those who have most at stake: the buyers and sellers of sex." --Lynne Fernie, Hotdocs Film Festival"Meticulously made.
Additional experts featured in the film include Prof. Young (Osgoode Hall Law School), the lawyer who launched a landmark constitutional challenge to strike down Canadian Criminal Code provisions, which he argued preventing sex workers from conducting their business in a safe environment, and who has been named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” people in the Canadian justice system and legal profession from 2010 through 2012 by Canadian Lawyer magazine. Janine Benedet (University of British Columbia), whose research focuses on sexual violence against women, including prostitution, pornography and sexual assault.
She is currently researching reforms to Canada's prostitution laws that would support prostitution abolition, as well as the criminal law's treatment of capacity and voluntariness to consent to sexual contact.
“Some things are a lot easier and some things are a lot harder, because on the whole women don’t like you if you are attractive,” she says.
Buying Sex looks at the contentious debate over pending reforms to Canadian prostitution laws, which are being challenged by both pro- and anti-prostitution forces, with no evident consensus about which way forward is either best or likely.
I walked along High Street and then onto Quay Street and across the bridge over the Corrib and onto a network of streets that is quiet only by comparison with those I had left.
It must be a great thing to be a student in Galway, I thought, and to have these streets as your playground.
Buying Sexbrings forward the voices of sex workers, formerly prostituted women, policy-makers, lawyers and even the male buyers.
All agree that they want to improve the workers safety, but have polarized philosophies about how that can be best achieved.