In early December, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three laws regulating prostitution in Canada as unconstitutional. Paying or receiving money for sex acts is legal in Canada, but these three laws dealt with specific aspects of sex work: communication for the purpose of paying or receiving money for sex, operating a bawdy house (a brothel), and living off of the avails (profits) of prostitution. The Supreme Court decision is a victory for the occupational health and safety of sex workers. It could make it safer for sex workers to negotiate with clients, to work with others inside, and hire drivers or security guards. The decision has been stayed for one year, providing Parliament with time to come up with new laws that do not violate the rights of people working in prostitution.
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