Supreme Court of Canada to Review Landmark Prostitution Case

The Supreme Court of Canada has declared that it is going to review a decision of lower court, which allowed sex workers of Ontario to practice their legal right of working in brothels, hiring bodyguards and drivers. This announcement is important because the decision of Supreme Court of Canada will not only apply to Ontario, but all across Canada.

The court declared on Thursday morning that it has planned to hear the appeal of federal government for a landmark lower-court ruling last March. The lower court had ruled to negate some of the previous anti-prostitution rules to be found in unconstitutional restrictions for prostitutes’ ability to protect them. The Attorney General of Canada’s application for leave to appeal was granted without costs. The court will also be hearing a cross-appeal by three former and current sex workers, giving them a chance to present their case and argue on other prostitution laws they claimed are also allegedly unconstitutional.

The ruling of lower court of Ontario is going to be considered in effect until the Supreme Court finally announces a judgment after hearing both the appeal and cross-appeal in full detail. This decision of Ontario Court of Appeal gave sex a workers the right, earlier this year, to allow hiring drivers, bodyguards and to work indoors in organized brothels, or “bawdy houses,” for making their work safer. It continued to be illegal to openly solicit customers on the street, with the court seeing that as a “reasonable limit on the right to freedom of expression.”

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