Govt prostitution poll misleading

OTTAWA — The federal government’s new effort to gauge public opinion on the best way to rewrite Canada’s prostitution laws is being criticized for what some say are loaded questions and misleading information about available options.

Federal Justice Department staff on Monday launched an online survey aimed to solicit public input on the works it’s been left with by a recent Supreme Court decision.

However, local experts questioned the approach taken by the Conservatives.

“It assumes prostitution is dangerous and that all sex workers want to be saved,” said Chris Bruckert, associate professor in the criminology department at University of Ottawa. She also criticized government for not conducting town-hall style consultations where people have more time to unpack their opinions about prostitution laws.

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