Canada’s prostitution laws were struck down by the high court and prostitutes will have safer working conditions as a result of this ruling. According to Fox News on Dec. 20, while prostitution is not illegal in Canada, some of the activities that went along with being a prostitute are considered a criminal offense.
The Supreme Court voted to 9-0 to remove the laws that were found to violate the guarantee to life, liberty and security of a person. There are three prostitution-related laws that will come off the books in about a year as the ruling gave Parliament a one-year reprieve to respond with new legislation.
The prostitution laws the court voted to do away with:
1. Brothels are now allowed, it was against the law to operate a brothel in Canada, even though prostitution is legal. The case for having a brothel was made by the lawyer representing three prostitutes who brought this case to court. The lawyer stated that the laws were forcing the prostitutes into the streets where their safety was in jeopardy.
2. Prostitutes were not allowed to make a living on prostitution, this was another law abolished from the books. Now they can make a living with the oldest profession on record.
3. Prostitutes can now solicit customers on the street, this was not allowed under the old law.
The case was stated to the Supreme Court by the three women's lawyer who cited the prostitutes who were victims of a serial killer back in 1997 as not being safe out there on their own. Inside a brothel, the prostitutes are much safer. This is a landmark ruling and it comes after two decades of the courts upholding the anti-prostitution laws.
As you might expect, this ruling has caused uproar among some citizens and religious groups.