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NOW Magazine to still sell sex ads despite new laws

The half-dozen pages of adult classifieds in the back of every issue of NOW Magazine are a familiar sight to the magazine's readers - and now, their editors are going to the wall to defend their right to run them. Faced with new federal anti-prostitution legislation, Bill C-36, that features a ban on advertising sexual services, the magazine has vowed to continue running the ads, claiming the ban is discriminatory.

Editor Alice Klein told the Canadian Press that the magazine accepts ad placements from all kinds of advertisers, and they refuse to discriminate against sex workers: "We are committed to free expression and we don't believe it's our right to say which advertisers are allowed to advertise and which advertisers aren't."

The magazine previously faced pressure to pull their ads after the New York alt-weekly Village Voice came under fire for running the ads - but this time, with the Tory government vowing to hold those who profit from advertising sex services "to criminal account", the magazine could eventually face legal repercussions.

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