The Government of Canada has officially launched an online consultation service to seek Canadians’ opinion on the Criminal Code for prostitution-related offences. The period during which online consultation will take place is announced to be from February 17 to March 17, 2014. The online questionnaire is prompted by the Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Bedford v. Attorney General of Canada case.
According to the December 2013 court ruling, it found three Criminal Code prostitution offences to be unconstitutional and of no force or effect. The first was ‘the bawdy house offence’ in reference to the practice of prostitution (specifically its section 210 that prohibits keeping and being an inmate of or found in a bawdy house). Secondly, the court also highlighted the area that prohibits living in whole or in part on the earnings of prostitutes, along with the part that prohibits communicating in a public place for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or obtaining the sexual services of a prostitute.