Friday, December 20, 2013

Canada Court Ditches Anti-Prostitution Laws...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



With debates in Canada and Europe happening now can the USA be far behind? Unquestionably the oldest profession in the world (you know as long as there is a demand the will always be supply) it sorta makes sense to legalize and license making it a legitimate business, get rid of the pimps, likely reduce the drug addition among prostitutes, and raise additional tax revenue. Almost seems like a win all the way around. Then there is the moral issues and the church.

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's highest court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other measures made their profession more dangerous. The ruling drew criticism from the conservative government and religious leaders.

The court, ruling in a case brought by three women in the sex trade, struck down all three of Canada's prostitution-related laws: bans on keeping a brothel, making a living from prostitution, and street soliciting. The ruling won't take effect immediately, however, because the court gave Parliament a year to respond with new legislation, and said the existing laws would remain in place until then.

The decision threw the door open for a wide and complex debate on how Canada should regulate prostitution, which isn't in itself illegal in the country.

Robert Leckey, a law professor at McGill University, said the court found that the law did nothing to increase safety, but suggested in its ruling that more finely tailored rules might pass constitutional scrutiny in the future.

"Some of the (current) provisions actually limit sex workers' ability to protect themselves," Leckey said.

The court found that Canada's prostitution laws violated the guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person. For instance, it said the law prohibiting people from making a living from prostitution is too broad.

It is intended "to target pimps and the parasitic, exploitative conduct in which they engage," the ruling said. "The law, however, punishes everyone who lives on the avails of prostitution without distinguishing between those who exploit prostitutes and those who could increase the safety and security of prostitutes, for example, legitimate drivers, managers, or bodyguards."

Other countries around the world, particularly in Europe, are having similar debates... {Read More}

Via: Memeorandum

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    1. Indeed, our practical commonsense neighbors to the north.

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    2. Yeah, but I can't say I'm a fan of prostitution. This is tricky business (pun intended).

      JMJ

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  2. It changes Canada, for sure. But elsewhere? Who knows. Sweden, for example, is more hardline against it than the US.

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    1. Sweden takes a hardline not on religious grounds but on social grounds. Their laws are more protective of women than almost any other nation in the world.

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    2. Yes, Octo... The public radio program I heard discussing this mentioned that... They also mentioned a global movement to ban all prostitution. Apparently primarily on social grounds.

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  3. I've been in favor of legalized prostitution since I was a teenager (my reasons are far, far more elevated as an adult of course - yeah, right!).

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  4. WD has packed a U-Haul and is heading for the border post haste.

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  5. I'm not so sure Rusty. Mr. Sanders doesn't strike me as the type. I could be wrong.

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    1. Neither would I hire, nor offer myself for hire. Not either "type". Les is correct. Not sure which Rusty is suggesting. Dennis probably had something along the same lines but more insulting (or equally insulting?) to offer (sorry I missed his now deleted comment). Probably something to do with him thinking that I'm gay. Dennis seems obsessed with peddling that fib (fantasy of his?) for the moment. Anyway, I don't know what to make of this Canadian ruling, but I will say that I don't see a serious debate about similar US law changes happening in the US anytime soon.

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  7. dmarks, not sure how that is relevant to the post topic.

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    1. Not to the topic; only to rusty's comment just a few above.

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