Canada’s new sex toy bans include vibrators and breast implants
A new Canadian law that bans the sale of “sex toys” and other “enhanced sex toys” is forcing a few toy companies to rethink the kinds of products they sell.
“Sex toys” are defined as toys that simulate sexual intercourse or sexual stimulation of any kind, and are designed to be used as sexual aids.
Under the legislation, sex toys that mimic vaginal sex and vaginal penetration are prohibited from being sold.
The new law comes after an outcry from activists who said the ban on the sale and use of “enhancements” of sex toys was discriminatory.
The law also allows police to enforce the ban.
“The new law that went into effect last Friday was very clear that we don’t want to sell sex toys,” said Melissa Toderian, president of the Canadian Association of Sex Toys, in an interview with CBC News.
“We want to make sure that these toys are not being used as an excuse to take advantage of vulnerable young people.”
But sex toy manufacturer Vibrant said the law will be a blow to its business.
“There’s going to be a major change in the marketplace, because there will be people who will not be able to sell their toys because it will no longer be allowed,” said Vibrants founder and CEO, Alex MacGregor.
“It’s a big deal for us, but it’s not going to impact our business.”
“If you’re selling sex toys to a 13-year-old, it’s no longer an acceptable sale,” he said.
“And that’s where the business is going to have to look for a different avenue.”
In addition to selling “enhancing” sex toys, the new law also makes it illegal to sell them to minors, but allows police and prosecutors to enforce that prohibition.
“I think this is a good step forward in the direction of protecting young people,” said MacGregore.
But, MacGregory said, it won’t necessarily stop people from buying sex toys.
“For many people who do want to buy sex toys as an adult, it will still be an acceptable purchase, but they will still need to be responsible,” he told CBC News in an email.
“In the case of those people who are 18 or over, it may not be as difficult as in the case with the majority of other toys.”
The ban on selling sex-specific toys is part of a national debate about sex toys and sexuality in Canada.
The debate, which started when a group of sex workers in the city of Halifax complained to police about the sale by their employer of a vibrator that resembled a penis, has gained traction as Canadians grapple with their sexual health.
The sex industry has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, with an increasing number of studies showing that the majority in the U.S. and Canada report sexual health issues to have been linked to the sex industry.
Last week, the government announced a national strategy to fight sexual exploitation and abuse.
The strategy, called the Canadian Alliance for Safe Sex, also called for the creation of a public education campaign to promote healthy sex.
The Canadian government has also introduced a number of new measures, including introducing a $10-per-porn levy and an online tax that will be charged on all pornography sold online.
While the government has made some progress in the fight against sexual exploitation in Canada, it still faces challenges.
The federal government has not set a target for the number of Canadian porn stars arrested under the law.
And a new report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found that, in Canada at least, the vast majority of sex work is not prosecuted under the laws that are currently in place.
“While there is a very large number of people working in the sex trade in Canada and in Canada’s prostitution industry, we have very few convictions,” said Dr. Jennifer Ahern, a researcher with the Royal Commission on Prostitution and Human Trafficking.
“That’s something that is very concerning to me, because we do know that the prevalence of trafficking in this country is very low, and the majority is not being prosecuted.”