Ontario's Top Court Partially Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Laws
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Ontario’s Top Court Partially Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Laws

The Star is reporting that the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled partly in favour of activists who brought a legal challenge against Canada’s prostitution laws. The court has thrown out legislation that prevents prostitutes from working in so-called bawdy houses (in other words, indoors), and has also moved to amend a law that prevents people from “living on the avails” of prostitution. A law that forbids communicating for the purpose of prostitution was upheld. According to the Star, the bawdy-house ruling won’t go into effect for a year, to give Parliament time to draft new legislation, while the ruling on living off the avails will go into effect in 30 days. These decisions resulted from an appeal of 2010’s Ontario Superior Court ruling on the case, which struck down all three laws. Torontoist will have a full report soon.