Oh, Canada! Nation's Supreme Court Eases The Way For Legal Brothels

 @gmorcroftg.morcroft@ibtimes.com on December 20 2013 11:55 AM

Oh, Canada! 

That may be the response across the frozen north as the climate there just got surprisingly steamy. According to a Friday report from CTV News, the nation's top court struck down three key laws regarding prostitution.

According to the report, the court ruled unanimously that the laws, which prohibited keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution and communicating in public for purposes of prostitution, "do not pass Charter muster" and infringed upon prostitutes' rights.

The report quoted Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who was writing for the court, as saying,"The regulation of prostitution is a complex and delicate matter." The judge added that it "will be for parliament, should it choose to do so, to devise a new approach, reflecting different elements of the existing regime." 

Three sex workers brought the initial suit that led to today's ruling.

Referencing one of the plaintiffs, the report quoted former prostitute Valerie Scott as saying, "I would like to thank the Supreme Court of Canada for declaring sex workers to be persons. This is the first time in Canadian history that sex workers are truly persons, we are truly citizens of this country. And now we can work in our legal occupation in a legal manner. This is the best decision I have ever had in my life."

But Scott and others may have to wait a while before getting busy, as the report also said, "The court's decision will be suspended for one year, meaning the laws will stand as they are until parliament decides to either amend the laws or set the issue aside."

 

 

 

 

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