Canada’s anti-prostitution laws are declared unconstitutional in Ontario lower court decision.
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“Today, an Ontario judge struck down the advertising ban, concluding it wasn’t a reasonable limit on the constitutional right to freedom of expression.”
“Justice McKay . . . realized the dangers that exist and, indeed, are inherent in sex work, and the legislation the Harper government brought in increased their dangers and gave them no chance to properly protect themselves,” said James Lockyer, Anwar’s defence lawyer, after the decision was released.”
“The Crown argued that sex work cannot be made safe and says the legislation is constitutional.”
“Parliament has the power to regulate against nuisances, but not at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes. It is not a crime in Canada to sell sex for money,” Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin wrote in the 2013 ruling.