Re: "Constitutional challenge to sex work laws 'succeeded before' and will succeed again, says advocacy group," (The Hill Times, May 5) on the decriminalization of prostitution. As a now-mostly-retired reporter/writer/editor (Victoria legislative bureau of The Canadian Press; assignment editor, CKVU-Television; editor-in-chief of The Richmond Review, and B.C. Report magazine; and contribution to National Post op-ed pages), I was keen to read an in-depth article on an issue I have been following for years. However, by the time I finished, I was disappointed that the article covered only one side of the story—that in favour of complete decriminalization. Perhaps the reporter experienced space limitations, or perhaps she was working under a tight deadline. My hope is that your publication will complete a fair and balanced look at this issue by reporting on the other side—a side that truly explains why the former Conservative government adopted the law that is now being challenged; a side that explores the roots of the “Nordic model”; a side that takes an in-depth look at the consequences when a country, such as New Zealand, adopts full decriminalization; and a side that looks at the people and groups who do not support full decriminalization. I was well aware of the complexities of this issue as a working journalist and then, later, when, as a city councillor in Coquitlam, I supported social-justice students from my community who were gathering signatures in downtown Vancouver advocating for adoption of the Nordic model. More recently, I joined the board of a non-profit society that runs two homes for women recovering from addictions. Many of these women were forced into prostitution, and none of them has ever told me that she viewed the practice as a “profession” deserving of full decriminalization. Most recently, I have lent my experience in communications to the Vancouver Collective Against Sexual Exploitation which, among other goals, is focused on protecting the current law, seeing it enforced, and on having resources committed to helping prostitutes exit the practice. I know that VCASE has produced an op-ed and a press release on this subject, and it has established an excellent website on the subject: https://www.buyingsexisacrime.org/. These would be good resources for a curious reporter. Another good resource is Trisha Baptie (a collective member), who is a survivor of prostitution and founding member of EVE, formerly Exploited Voices now Educating. https://educating-voices.com/new/. Terry O’Neill Coquitlam, B.C.