Atchison, who has spent almost 20 years studying men who buy sex, says what we’re seeing now is basically what happens anytime there’s any change to the laws around sex work.“Really what we see is initially a lot of fear,” he says.Clients become more cautious as they try to gauge the police reaction and the new risks.“I used to make quite a bit of money, less now because I think a lot of clients are afraid to call us.”, or just Bill C-36, was the Conservative government’s response to Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Bedford” case.
Nunzio says investigators have charged individual pimps under the new advertising laws, but otherwise, so far, not much has changed.
But the market doesn’t go away in the long run.“I’ve seen it in these various [online] forums,” he says.
People say they’re retiring from “the hobby,” as they call it, or taking a break.
“But I don’t think these people ever quit,” Atchison says.
“They’ll walk away long enough to figure out: ‘How can I do this safely?
It also gave police new powers to prosecute those who advertise sex work and those who exploit or otherwise make money off sex workers in all but a few limited cases.