Yes, you saw the title. That’s exactly what I said. Now think of the rage in the community if that’s what a major newspaper headline said.
What the headline actually said was State has no obligation to protect prostitutes, Ottawa to argue at appeal, and there won’t be hardly anyone who says a damned thing in outrage.
What we have here is a societal disconnect. Police officers do a job which is valued. Prostitutes do a job which isn’t valued. If police officers are slighted, citizens get upset. If prostitutes get slighted, no one cares.
This is a dangerous way to think. This is the way that police thought in the Vancouver area when Willy Picton was on his rampage, a rampage that they could have stopped years before, saving many lives, the lives of mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends… Yeah, these women were prostitutes. Yeah, they were drug addicts. They also had family. Family that valued them, just as much as a police officers family values them.
Of course the Federal Government can be convinced to drop it’s opposition. All you have to do is contact your Federal Member of Parliament. It’s quite easy.
Here’s a complete list of all Members of Parliament, in alphabetical order by last name.
And if you don’t know the name of your MP, you can look him or her up by your postal code.
It doesn’t matter what party your MP is in. Contact them. Let them know you aren’t happy about this. Remember that it costs nothing to send a letter through Canada Post to your MP in Ottawa, all mail to Members of Parliament is delivered free.
Oh, and send a copies to Prime Minister Harper and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, to let them know your feelings.