A film by Teresa MacInnes and Kent Nason
75 minutes, color, English, 2013
Buying Sex looks at the contentious debate over pending reforms to Canadian prostitution laws, which are being challenged by both pro- and anti-prostitution forces, with no evident consensus about which way forward is either best or likely. Would decriminalizing prostitution free sex workers to take more control over their activities, run legal brothels and manage their own procurement businesses without fear of punishment, or would it give male buyers and sex-trade business owners even more power and opportunity to benefit from and possibly exploit the sale of sexual services?
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What the Critics are Saying
"Buying Sex' brilliantly zeroes in on two radically different visions at the heart of these debates through the stories of those who have most at stake: the buyers and sellers of sex." - HotDocs Film Festival
" Meticulously made. Guaranteed no two people will walk out agreeing on the issue." - NOW Magazine
"'Buying Sex' does what many films on the topic don't: it lets the women speak for themselves." - Torontist