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I am writing in response to “Bawdy crimes” (News by Lizzy Hill, August 12), respecting the new regulations that provide a punishment of up to five years in prison for sex workers who share a workspace or work from home, and make keeping a “common bawdy house” a serious offence for the purposes of the organized crime provisions.

Your article states that the changes are awaiting approval by Parliament; unfortunately, this was a change to regulations and doesn’t require a vote of Parliament, and was done unilaterally by the Conservative government, without any community consultation.

In 2007, the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Solicitation Laws heard from over 300 witnesses and examined available literature to come to the majority conclusion that current laws surrounding prostitution are harming women and men working in the sex trade. None of the sub-committee’s recommendations have been implemented to date. The government’s latest move---bringing sweeping changes without consultation or debate---is irresponsible, wasteful and harmful. Thanks to The Coast for letting us all know how wrong these changes are. --- Megan Leslie, MP for Halifax

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