Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Ontario court strikes down provisions which make prostitution "illegal" in Canada

'Emancipation day' for sex-trade workers -  News - MSN CA
TORONTO - A court decision striking down key provisions of Canada's prostitution law is being hailed as an emancipation for sex-trade workers.

The Ontario Superior Court ruled today the laws are unconstitutional because they're contributing to the danger faced by sex-trade workers.

The judge found that laws against keeping a common bawdy house, communicating for the purposes of prostitution and living on the avails of the trade "are not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice."

The lawyer for the sex-trade workers says the judgment, however, is subject to a 30-day stay during which the law remains in place, adding the federal government can seek an extension of that stay period.

Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford says it's like emancipation day for sex-trade workers.

Bedford, one of the women behind the challenge, says the ball is now in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's court.

In her ruling, Justice Susan Himel said it now falls to Parliament to "fashion corrective action."...

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