PM defends new prostitution bill

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott hold a joint news...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott hold a joint news conference after a meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 9, 2014. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Monday he's dead-set against the libertine prostitution laws that exist in parts of Australia, where some states even allow brothels to operate.

With Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by his side, Harper defended the bill his government introduced last week that will "criminalize the activities of pimps and johns."

"We understand this fundamental truth that the activities around prostitution are illegal because they are bad and harmful for women and for society more broadly," Harper said Monday. "They are not harmful because they are illegal; they are illegal because they are harmful."


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