Sex workers from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will be representing the interests of Canada's prostitutes as they get a hearing from the Supreme Court on the ambiguity of the law. The group was turned down this appeal last fall...but have now won a hearing with the aid of the Attorney General's office of B.C.
Prostitution is NOT illegal in Canada. However, running a "bawdy house", living off the avails of prostitution or communicating for the purpose of prostitution are all illegal. The women believe these conflicting statutes hinder the ability to keep women safe from "working the streets". Too often they fall prey to sexual predators. The women feel that it would be a safer and more controlled environment if they could establish brothels.
They feel the present laws run counter to a constitutional right to both protection and safety and have issued a constitutional challenge on those grounds.
I, for one, wish them luck in this challenge. For too long have they been abused and "disposable" entities making a dangerous living on the fringes and backstreets of our society!
Rather than add a video to this article...perhaps a revisit to my VERY FIRST Allvoices article from over 2 years ago is in order?
It's about the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Police, Prostitution and Springsteen!