OTTAWA - The federal justice committee heard more disturbing testimony Wednesday from former sex workers, many of whom said their lives were irreparably damaged by the experience.
Bridget Perrier cannot have children the "normal" way because of trauma to her cervix, the committee heard.
Perrier, who now works with Sex Trade 101, a group that helps prostitutes with "exit" strategies, told of being enslaved as a child to service men who had the "privilege to steal my innocence" and forcing her to perform "acts no little girl should ever have to endure."
Perrier read the committee a letter written by the orphan of one of the victims of Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton.
The 98 people orphaned by Pickton's murders "don't want their mothers' deaths to lead to legalization," Perrier said.
More than 60 witnesses will have testified on the proposed prostitution bill before the marathon committee session ends Thursday.
The government has until December to draft new prostitution laws after the Supreme Court struck down previous ones, citing them as unconstitutional.