The Ontario Supreme court "chickened out" today and will wait until spring to determine whether the present laws against prostitution in Canada are unconstitutional and put women (and men!) at risk.
Prostitution (per se) is NOT illegal in Canada. That being said...the Criminal code makes it illegal to "communicate" for the purpose of prostitution and illegal to run a common "bawdy house" or "live off the avails" of said profession. It gets kind of confusing...and DANGEROUS!
Lawyer Alan Young (speaking on behalf of 2 "sex trade" workers pursueing some clarification from the courts) explains the present "haziness" of these laws force women to the dark fringes of society where they are too often preyed upon. The disappearance of dozens of Sex Trade workers in Vancouver's notorious "Downtown Eastside" and the subsequent discovery of their remains at the infamous Picton "Pig Farm" in nearby Port Coquitlam points to the urgency in terms of protection for these people.
It is the contention of Young AND his clients that the Canadian Charter of Rights are being abrogated in terms of protection for these vulnerable citizens. Their security of person AND theirof expression is being eroded by archiac and "fuzzy" applications of laws aimed at punishing morality.
Perhaps it is truly time to enjoin many other nations in decriminalizing the "world's oldest profession" and allow them a safe place to ply their trade?
Brothels and cathouses must certainly be better than laying dead in gutters or dismembered on pig farms!
AND just to show my heart's in the right place..HERE is my very first POST on allvoices 18 months ago!
Good luck attend us all (Beggar's Opera)