In a landmark case in Canada, a judge removed a ban on brothels, saying that this puts prostitutes at risk and is therefore unconstitutional. This Monday March 26th courtroom decision is being hailed by sex-trade workers as pivotal in making their lives safer.
So is prostitution legal in Canada now?
No, but it’s on it’s way to becoming decriminalized. Having brothels legalized keeps prostitutes safer than they are on the streets. Also, less prostitution on the streets makes communities more safe as well. Although the Ontario Court of Appeal removed the ban on brothels, it did uphold the ban on soliciting (on the street) as a reasonable way to protect communities from suddenly becoming overrun with prostitutes.
“Prostitution is a controversial topic, one that provokes heated and heartfelt debate about morality, equality, personal autonomy and safety,” the court wrote in a split decision stretching to 132 pages.
“It is not the court’s role to engage in that debate. Our role is to decide whether or not the challenged laws accord with the constitution.”
The court also found the impact is “grossly disproportionate” to the law’s intent because “the safest way to sell sex is for a prostitute to work indoors in a location under her control.”
What all that legal stuff means for prostitutes in Canada.
For now all this legals stuff simply means that in Ontario (a Province in Canada) has made is so that prostitutes will be able to work indoors at brothels without being arrested by the police. This will keep them off the streets and in a more controllable environment for them.
Hopefully everyone in those brothels will be practicing safe sex!