Canada Prostitution Laws

More Than 60 Organizations Call For Repeal Of New Prostitution Law

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - More than 60 organizations and agencies from across the country are calling for the non-enforcement and repeal of new prostitution laws that...

Battle Over Prostitution Bill Heats Up

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Until the sex trade in Canada can be eliminated, federal laws should provide safer working conditions for sex workers, Justice Minister Peter...

$20M To Help Prostitutes 'Woefully Inadequate': Police Chief

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A diverse chorus of aboriginal women, police leaders and former prostitutes took turns Tuesday denouncing as insufficient the Harper governme...

LOOK: Key Changes Proposed In Tories' Prostitution Bill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In a rare summer sitting, the House of Commons Justice committee is examining Bill C-36, the federal government's proposed new prostitution l...

MacKay Open To Amending Prostitution Law

CP | Mike MacDonald, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The federal government is open to amending its proposed prostitution law, but Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the Commons committee revie...

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Ex-Prostitute Explains Why She Supports Tory Bill | Althia Raj | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — More than a week after the Conservatives introduced their controversial prostitution bill, one of their own MPs, Joy Smith, acknowledged th...

Arresting Pimps Doesn't Make Sex Workers Safer: Advocates

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Odd nighttime hours, secluded areas of the city and a pervasive reluctance to report safety concerns were all conditions a Vancouver woman...

Jimmy Carter's Advice To Canada On Prostitution Laws

CBC | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Politics

As the federal government looks to update its prostitution laws, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is once again urging Parliamentarians to adopt the...

Your "Feelings" About Sex Work Shouldn't Be Laws

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Is sex work inherently and irredeemably wicked, as the abolitionsts would have us conclude? Or is it in fact possible to have a morally defensible prostitution? A testing of public values alone will not answer these questions, assuming they are even answerable. Values are an important and necessary starting point for a discussion of public policy, to be sure, but they are only one element of policy. Given that vulnerable lives are going to be affected, the feds are going to need to come up with a solid policy that has something more beneath it than our deeply-held touchy feelies.

Prostitution Isn't a Nuisance, It's Violence Against Women

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

For far too long, Canada's approach to prostitution has been to treat prostitution, and specifically the women involved in it, as a nuisance and not as a form of violence against women. This approach must change. We must shift our approach to recognize that women in prostitution have the right to dignity, equality and most of all, to be free from exploitation and violence.

Most B.C. Prostitution Offences Won't Be Prosecuted

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia has become the latest province to announce it will not prosecute most prostitution-related offences over last year's ruli...

Feds Not Impressed With Provinces Tossing Prostitution Charges

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Several provinces say they will not be prosecuting prostitution-related offences that were struck down as unconstitutional by Canada's highe...

Prostitution Bill Is Coming, Don't Worry: MacKay

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will introduce its new prostitution legislation well ahead of a December deadline.Speaking...

Trudeau Weighs In On Prostitution Debate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau is keeping a wary distance from a Liberal proposal to legalize, regulate and tax prostitution just like any other commercial e...

Why I'm Against Legalizing Prostitution

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

The only difference between me and a woman who prostitutes herself is that the seeds that would have launched me onto a path of prostitution were not watered. In short, "the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being," as the Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote.

Prostitution Ruling Forces Matter On Harper For 2014

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Call it the world's oldest legislative headache.A Conservative government that hoped to restore its fortunes in 2014 by talking about pipelin...

Anti-Prostitution Laws Struck Down

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A landmark Supreme Court ruling that could reshape Canada's sex trade comes down Friday — 34 years after the court last upheld the country...

Punish The Pimps: Coalition

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - A coalition of groups says it will urge the Supreme Court of Canada to decriminalize the work of female sex workers, while keeping the crimin...

'Premier Dad' Nervously Laughs Off Possible Arrival Of Nevada Brothel

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Nevada's famously friendly bunnies aren't welcome in Premier Dad's Ontario.Premier Dalton McGuinty seemed a bit confused this morning when a...

Ontario Court Strikes Down Brothel Ban

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Canada's anti-prostitution laws entered a "new era" Monday as Ontario's top court struck down a ban on brothels on the grounds it exposes se...

Courts Decide Monday If Prostitution-Related Laws Are Constitutional

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2012 | Canada Living

UPDATED: Ontario's top court has struck down the ban on brothels. The court says the ban puts prostitutes in danger and they should be allowed to w...

Are Canada's Sex-Trade Laws Constitutional?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The Court of Appeal for Ontario says it will rule Monday in a case concerning the constitutionality of Canada's prostitution laws.The federa...