Re: "Constitutional challenge to sex work laws ‘succeeded before’ and will succeed again, says advocacy group," (The Hill Times, May 5, by Alice Chen). The Hill Times' story on legal challenges to Canada’s prostitution law omitted a crucial element—the argument in favour of retaining the current law. And that’s a pity, because we believe that the recent Ontario court judgment, striking down parts of Canada’s prostitution law—the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA)—will merely serve to make it safer for johns, pimps, traffickers, and exploiters—the perpetrators of the violence and harm inherent in the sex industry. At the same time, decriminalizing the buying of sex will increase the danger and harm associated with prostitution for vulnerable women and children, especially Indigenous and women of colour. Countries or regions which have decriminalized sex buying have seen increases in demand for paid sex, human trafficking inflows, criminal activity, and long-term physical harm and emotional trauma of survivors. Fully decriminalizing the buying of sex institutionalizes exploitation. Germany decriminalized the buying of sex in 2002. Now 1.2 million men buy sex every day from over 400,000 women, 90 per cent of whom come from under-developed countries. A German brothel owner said she used to sell sex but now she has to sell violence. The German law has not provided the protection to women and children it promised, and instead has increased violence, life-long physical and mental trauma, and PTSD. Trauma experts and psychologists signed a petition in 2014 calling on the German government to repeal its law, calling it a failed experiment. In New Zealand, Aotearoa decriminalized the buying of sex in 2003. In 2004 New Zealand appeared on the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report for the first time due to a significant number of trafficking victims. In 2005, and in the years since, the report warns New Zealand about a sizeable number of children in prostitution. Like Canada, New Zealand's indigenous and immigrant peoples are over-represented. Gangs and criminals have prospered by exploiting loopholes in the law. Small owner-operated brothels (SOOBS) have popped up everywhere and in any neighbourhood. Local governments can't stop them. Since police can't visit brothels without a formal complaint, their tools for combatting trafficking are critically limited. New Zealand's government has kept its head in the sand regarding its internal and external trafficking crises. Like Germany, New Zealand has grown its appetite for paid sex and normalized the coercion and exploitation of women and children. Canada is seen as a global leader in addressing gender-based violence. Let’s not change that by telling human traffickers that Canada is open for their illicit business. We call on Parliament to strengthen PCEPA; and we call on governments to enforce it, provide robust funding and programs to help transition exploited persons out of prostitution, and educate the public with respect to the law and the inherent harm that prostitution causes. Lynne Kent, Chair Vancouver Collective Against Sexual Exploitation Vancouver, B.C.