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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-20

Canada’s highest court on Friday struck down all current restrictions on prostitution, ruling that bans on brothels and street soliciting expose sex workers to greater risks.

The unanimous 9-0 Supreme Court ruling will take effect in one year, giving parliament enough time to try to come up with other ways to regulate what is often called the world’s oldest trade.

The ruling is viewed as a victory for sex workers seeking safer working conditions because the court found that the laws violated the guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person.

Prostitution isn’t illegal in Canada, but many of the activities associated with prostitution are classified as criminal offences.

The high court struck down all three prostitution-related laws: against keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, and street soliciting. The landmark ruling comes 34 years after the Supreme Court last upheld the country’s anti-prostitution laws.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2013-12-20

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