“People do all sorts of things for money,” she says. “I would like to see lawmakers looking through the lens that there’s nothing morally wrong with providing sexual services for money.”
I became angry after reading, in my community news paper, all about prostitution’s therapeutic benefits to local men, and the wonderful career opportunities it provides for our daughters. And I felt like saying something.
Letter To The Editor, Metroland News, York Region
“…Onyx Ronin, the alter ego of the woman Mr. Grimaldi interviewed, suggests it’s right and fitting that men should be able to buy access to women’s bodies. Ronin calls it “selling intimacy” and would have us believe that she receives nothing but respect from her clients. In contrast, colleagues of mine who have been exploited in local massage parlours tell seemingly endless stories of violence, addictions and human trafficking. Like Ronin, my friends staunchly defended prostitution, when they were trapped in it. Only after distancing themselves from the exploitation, and beginning the healing process, were they able to speak about the abuse.
Ronin’s attempt at advocacy for body rubbers is overshadowed by a bid for her own validation from law makers. The story sends out a confusing message and ultimately affirms the men who indulge in an illegal industry that opposes Canadian values.”
-John Cassells, Street Youth and Human Trafficking Specialist, SIM Canada