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An Ontario high court struck down a ban on brothels, but upheld the ban on soliciting for purposes of selling sex.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/onetenth/ Quinn

    Interestingly, Canada has never made prostitution itself specifically illegal.

    It’s always been through vagrancy crimes (ie being a prostitute on the street), or more recently by criminalizing certain acts related to prostitution, namely public solicitation, operating a bawdy house, and living off the avails of prostitution (nominally targeting pimps). An independent report funded by the government back in 1986 concluded that the main effect of these laws was to endanger the lives of sex workers.

    While unfortunately the law against solicitation still stands, sex workers will now have the option to legally choose to do the much safer in-house work. Also, the “living off the avails” has been read down to only target pimps and other such exploiters, so now sex workers will be able to legally hire bodyguards, drivers, lawyers, and so forth…and it won’t be a crime to be their spouse or child.

    This will almost certainly go to the Supreme Court of Canada. I would be extremely surprised if they reversed it. In fact, I’m guessing Ms. Bedford will cross-appeal and have another go at the solicitation law. The real danger is that the government will introduce new legislation, as they have been eyeing the Swedish model, which while avoiding all criminal sanction against sex workers, it does target their clients. While this may sound alright on paper, it has been shown to again endanger the lives of sex workers.

  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Don’t Security Guards know to use restraint?