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Federal government to appeal prostitution ruling

On April 25, 2012, the Federal government announced that it will appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision that struck down Canada’s prostitution laws as unconstitutional, specifically the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting “keeping or using a common bawdy house” and the “living off the avails of prostitution” provision…

 

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Appeal Court recognizes health and safety risks associated with sex-trade laws

Rule of law

On March 26, 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal acknowledged that, “prostitution is a controversial topic, one that provokes heated and heartfelt debate about morality, equality, personal autonomy and public safety,” and overturned two of the three sections of the Criminal Code‘s prostitution law on the grounds that they are unconstitutional.

 

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Ontario court recognizes health and safety risks associated with sex-trade laws, and strikes them down

We wrote about a controversial challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws last year, and the judge hearing the case has finally released her decision—in favour of the sex-trade workers who raised the challenge. “I have found that the law as it stands, is currently contributing to the danger faced by prostitutes,” said the judge.

 

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Decriminalizing the oldest profession in the world

We were reading some very interesting articles in the media regarding the constitutional challenge to prostitution laws by sex-trade workers. These articles are saying that the law makes no sense. Alan Young, the Osgoode Hall law professor representing the women, notes that the law permits prostitution itself, but prohibits “all incidental transactions involved in prostitution”. Consequently, they want the Court to strike down all the Criminal Code sections pertaining to solicitation, to effectively decriminalize prostitution—as a result, making the sex trade a viable profession in it’s own right.

 

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