Tag Archive | decriminalization

Federal government to appeal Ontario sex-work ruling

Luna Allison / National / Thursday, April 26, 2012
In a statement released on April 25, the federal government announced it will appeal a recent Ontario Court of Appeals decision that struck down two sex-work laws as unconstitutional.
Federal Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson and Ontario Attorney General John Gerretsen made the announcement just one day before the closure of the 30-day appeal window.
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Two-thirds of Canadians support legal brothels, poll finds

BY DOUGLAS QUAN, POSTMEDIA NEWS APRIL 2, 2012

Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford , and and Nikki Thomas Executive Director of Sex Professionals of Canada celebrate during news conference in Toronto, March 26. The Court of Appeal for Ontario swept aside some of the country's  anti-prostitution laws, saying they place unconstitutional restrictions on prostitutes' ability to protect themselves.
Photograph by: Alex Urosevic for National Post

Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford , and and Nikki Thomas Executive Director of Sex Professionals of Canada celebrate during news conference in Toronto, March 26. The Court of Appeal for Ontario swept aside some of the country’s anti-prostitution laws, saying they place unconstitutional restrictions on prostitutes’ ability to protect themselves.

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Landmark ruling on prostitution laws coming Monday

 

That’s right – it’s here!

The Ontario Court of Appeal intends to release its landmark decision on the legality of the country’s prostitution laws on Monday.

After deliberating for nine months, a five-judge panel of the court is faced with the task of deciding whether or not to decriminalize three anti-prostitution provisions on the basis that they actually endanger prostitutes rather than adding to their safety.The decision under appeal struck down the laws governing pimping, keeping a brothel and communicating for the purposes of prostitution.

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Sex worker group argues before Supreme Court

NATIONAL NEWS / Ottawa sex workers join BC representatives in bid for safer streets
Luna Allison / Ottawa / Friday, January 20, 2012
Representatives for Vancouver sex workers argued before the Supreme Court of Canada on Jan 19 that a constitutional challenge to Canada’s sex work laws should be allowed to proceed.
The Court must now decide whether the Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) meet the legal requirements for representation in the case, called public interest standing.

Sex workers’ rights organizing

Greg MacDougall interviews sex workers rights advocates at the 2011 Women’s World conference. Interview with Chris Bruckert, Frédérique Chabot and Tuulia Law — of POWER, Students for Sex Worker Rights, and Sex Professionals of Canada. At Women’s Worlds 2011 conference in Ottawa, July 7. http://womensworlds.ca

Analysis: What is Canada to do about its sex trade?

by Melissa Martin

Nikki Thomas

[Nikki Thomas]

THE spotlight swings around and the debate, once hushed, grows loud: What happens to sex work in Canada now?

There’s only one thing everyone knows for sure. “The public does not want to see any more bodies in pig farms,” said Nikki Thomas, executive director of the Sex Professionals of Canada. No more Picktons and no more exploitative pimps. But how best to stop the violence?

This is where the dialogue, even in exclusively feminist circles, suddenly diverges. Split into passionate but incompatible paths it goes: abolitionists on one side and the sex-worker rights advocates on the other.

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