Canada's top court strikes down anti-prostitution laws, including ban on brothels

  • Article by: CHARMAINE NORONHA , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 20, 2013 - 11:06 PM

TORONTO — Canada's highest court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other measures made their profession more dangerous. The ruling drew criticism from the conservative government and religious leaders.

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diquephazeDec. 20, 1310:19 AM

Land of the free and the home of the brave -Canada!

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wiseoracleDec. 20, 1311:04 AM

it's only a matter of a short amount of time... Any form of morality will be prohibited - because that morality is 'deeply offensive' to someone else... who wants to be free to do as they please.

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masqueanadieDec. 20, 1311:05 AM

"struck down the ban on brothels on the grounds that it endangered sex workers by forcing them onto the streets." --- If that is the logic, you could strike down a lot of laws. Maybe I will set up a company to illegally import uranium. You have to let me do it because I could endanger myself doing it illegally.

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benturnerDec. 20, 1311:58 AM

re: If that is the logic, you could strike down a lot of laws. Maybe I will set up a company to illegally import uranium. You have to let me do it because I could endanger myself doing it illegally. ...... How does prostitution put you in danger?

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jgmanciniDec. 20, 1312:31 PM

""struck down the ban on brothels on the grounds that it endangered sex workers by forcing them onto the streets." --- If that is the logic, you could strike down a lot of laws. Maybe I will set up a company to illegally import uranium. You have to let me do it because I could endanger myself doing it illegally"---------I think you missed the part in the article where they said that prostitution, by itself, isn't illegal in Canada. So if they're saying that the act of prostitution is legal, but doing it inside a house is illegal, then they are forcing prostitutes into the streets. The only way your comparison would work is if it were currently legal to have uranium in some places, but not others.

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masqueanadieDec. 20, 13 2:00 PM

jgmancini, there are a ton of laws that effectively make something illegal without it being expressly illegal. I am not saying the canadian policy makes sense. In fact, given the laws they have, I do not understand why they do not outright ban prostitution. But, in any case, I just do not like the courts reasoning as it is way too broad

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privateeyeDec. 20, 13 4:12 PM

The Puritans in our country would be beside themselves.

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pleebusDec. 21, 13 9:36 AM

Whatever your moral views on the exchange of sex for money among sound-minded, consenting adults, let's consider the possibility that pimping and human trafficking (of women, men AND children) would actually DECREASE if prostitution was destigmatized, legalized, and regulated. Score 1 for Canada!

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