Justice Minister Peter MacKay thinks that sex work is inherently dehumanizing.
Those who do such work, the Minister says, are victims to be helped, not criminals.
Nonetheless, in the new, proposed sex work legislation the Minister tabled in the House on Wednesday he would render illegal at least some of what those "victims" do.
For instance, the proposed legislation makes it against the law to advertize sexual services.
Such a prohibition, sex workers and their advocates say, would make it much more difficult for prostitutes to ply their trade in safe, indoors places.