Canada’s Supreme Court announced today that it will hear the federal government’s appeal of a landmark 2010 ruling—upheld in large part, earlier this year, by the Ontario Court of Appeal—that struck down some aspects of Ontario’s laws against prostitution. The National Post reports that the attorney general of Canada’s office will try to re-establish legal prohibitions against brothels, and against allowing prostitutes to hire drivers and bodyguards. Three current and former sex workers will also be filing a cross-appeal in an attempt to get the Supreme Court to strike down some of the anti-prostitution laws that Ontario upheld.
Prostitution is not illegal in Canada, though many activities relating to it are, including soliciting on the street and operating a brothel. The original Ontario court ruling [PDF] struck down some of those prohibitions because it found that they created more dangerous conditions for sex workers. That Ontario decision has been stayed (meaning brothels will remain banned for now) until the Supreme Court renders its decision.