Saturday, August 04, 2007
Anti-Prostitution Laws Challenged in Canada
Prostitution per se is not illegal in Canada, but associated activities like soliciting and living off the proceeds are illegal. It is possible to be a prostitute without breaking Canadian law but hard to legally work as a prostitute. That might change if a new legal challenge succeeds. From this article, published on Friday:
Two Vancouver lawyers will launch a constitutional challenge today of Canada's prostitution laws, arguing they force sex workers into unsafe conditions and infringe a sex worker's right to freedom of expression.This case parallels an ongoing constitutional challenge to Canada's prostitution laws from Ontario.
Vice Squad has long been amazed at how little influence the carnage inflicted upon prostitutes has had on public policy. Perhaps these lawsuits will alter that situation in Canada.