Supreme Court to decide on validity of anti-prostitution laws on Dec. 20

OTTAWA – Canada’s top court will bring down a landmark decision on the legality of the country’s anti-prostitution laws next week Friday.

The ruling relates to challenges to laws against brothels, living off the avails and soliciting.

Ontario’s Appeal Court had previously struck down the laws against bawdy houses and altered the ban on living off the avails of prostitution to preclude exploitation.

It also upheld the ban on street prostitution.

The federal government appealed the decision that invalidated or altered the laws, while a group of sex-trade workers who brought the case initially appealed the soliciting ban.

The rulings were put on hold pending the outcome of the Supreme Court of Canada appeal.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June.

At issue is whether the laws violate the rights of sex workers and whether they can then be justified as a reasonable infringement.




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Supreme Court to decide on validity of anti-prostitution laws on Dec. 20

  1. Praying that Canada implements the Nordic Model. Women deserve more. It needs to be about gender equality and human rights. We should not subject a marginalized group to resorting to sex work to feed a privileged group’s desires.

    • The Nordic model is not gender equality and it doesn’t solve the problem. With the Nordic model, prostitutes are forced into hiding to protect their clients.

  2. Other than the flawed business model involving exploitation, addiction, and so on, there’s nothing wrong with prostitution in principle.

    It’s a service, that’s all.

    • Yes, and if there was enough hookers with a heart of gold to satisfy the demand for legalized prostitution, then it would be fine. But women, surprisingly enough, don’t want to grow up to be whores. So what do you do when you have a huge surge in demand because of legalization, but not enough supply? You cut corners and begin to do a lot of human trafficking. At least, that’s what the Netherlands and other jurisdictions began finding out. They have a lot of problems with enforcement of illegal prostitution because it is mixed up legal prostitution and it is hard to distinguish between the two.

      Prostitution will always be a dirty and exploitative business, that runs on abortion, drug abuse, violence, slavery and rape. There is a reason we keep switching back and forth from legalization, toleration, and prohibition every few decades over the centuries. Those three approaches to how we deal all have problems because prostitution is inherently abusive to human dignity.

      I can see the merits in all three approaches to handle prostitution. But if you are a pimp, madam or a john, you are a monster and should be ashamed of yourself.

      • “… abortion, drug abuse, violence, slavery and rape.”

        Actually no.

        Those are merely business models that to a large extent persist because of the illegality and/or social stigma attached to the service.

        There needs to be a way to absorb the demand while protecting prostitutes, or while allowing them to organize their own protection (one or the other).

        • You may want to read his first paragraph again. He’s saying that those are problems in the Netherlands where it *is* legal.

      • Can you cite anything that backs you up on what you claim about the Netherlands, Yanni? It actually matches with my own expectation, but I’ve never been able to find anything confirming it.

  3. I think the government and the people need to come to a middle ground on this issue. There should be the legalization of single person brothels so that women will not have to work in fear and at the same time, impose strong criminal punishments to pimps and the likes.

  4. MP Joy Smith has been trying since 2003 to introduce a “Swedish law” which assumes men are inherently violent and women are inherently good. In Sweden, it’s been the catalyst of false accusations needing only a woman’s word against a man’s. Here in Canada, radical feminists, secular and religious, have joined forces with Joy Smith despite the courts finding their “research” biased and wrong. Every claim to want to “help” women comes with a demand of milking the taxpayer $$ for “rescue services”. So typical of Cons and Paul Martin Liberals to want to criminalize and then profit.

  5. The massage parlour business model (ie- the rub & tug) seems to work fairly well, with workspaces that are clean, protocols to reduce the spread of disease, and with numerous other people around to respond to any client excesses.

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