My first instinct is to say that we all seem to be expecting a silver bullet, a panacea, and there isn't one out there. This is a very complicated situation. I would like to see prostitution taken off the street, but I realize when I'm talking about women in the Downtown Eastside and we talk about them going indoors, there's no indoors for them to go to. They're homeless. Their involvement in prostitution is a reflection of many other problems.
What we've noticed over the years in Vancouver is that whenever police have simply had an initiative against prostitution in certain residential areas, it automatically gets displaced. But the displacement is often unintentional. When you have a situation where the police say, “Okay, don't work in this area, work in this area”, the women move. The reason I mention bylaws is that you could presumably set up some kind of zone where some kinds of business activities would be generically regulated, and this could apply to other kinds of prostitution locations where they would be located. The most important part of whatever kind of regulation would be introduced in that vision, the most important thing, is to involve the people who are going to be regulated, i.e., the sex workers, the people whom we never ask about what kinds of regulations would make sense to them.
That's why I don't just come out with a particular plan of action. One needs to sit down with the people who these laws would apply to, to find out what would make sense for them, because if it doesn't make sense for them it isn't going to work.