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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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  1. Posted March 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    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.

  2. Posted March 27, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Don’t Security Guards know to use restraint?

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