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Canada PM Harper defends prostitution Bill

Published on Jun 10, 2014 1:59 AM

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada's prime minister on Monday defended a proposed new law against prostitution, calling the sex trade inherently "bad and harmful".

Prostitution is "unacceptable to Canadians and unacceptable to our government", Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

He said "the activities around prostitution are illegal because they are bad and harmful for women and for society more broadly.

"They are not harmful because they are illegal. They are illegal because they are harmful."

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