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Supreme Court of Canada strikes down prostitution laws

Friday, December 20, 2013   by: Staff

This morning the Supreme Court of Canada voted unanimously to strike down three provisions of the Criminal Code pertaining to prostitution.

The highest court in the country has upheld the Ontario Court of Appeals decision to strike provisions that ban bawdy-houses, living on the avails of prostitution, and communicating for the purposes of prostitution deeming them unconstitutional because it prevents prostitutes from carrying out their business in safety.

Supporters of this change in the law say too many prostitutes have been badly hurt or died because they could not report abusers when what they were doing was illegal.

Those opposed to the ruling say it will make prostitution more visible, more prevalent and will increase human trafficking.



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Just Curious 12/20/2013 11:37:22 AM Report

It never slowed down by my place anyway. I just can't believe the number of guys that will pick up a hooker for a quicky on the way to work in the morning..Watch it every day.. At first I wondered what they were doing on the street that early but business is pretty steady for them. Same car sometimes 2 or 3 days in a row..
FacePalm_77 12/20/2013 12:00:28 PM Report

Hey Just Curious - take a pic of the car, create a group on facebook, and post the pic each day / updates so the whole public can see who it is. I think once a few people see themselves online picking up some morning entertainment (or their wives see) - it might discourage it in your area? :)
Lostclause 12/20/2013 12:17:27 PM Report

I'm seeing a couple of "Bawdy Houses" opening in the next few weeks I bet.
Just Curious 12/20/2013 12:29:40 PM Report

Lost clause; There is a one year waiting period for the government to come up with new laws..
Just Curious 12/20/2013 12:33:12 PM Report

@ Face Palm; I don't have a death wish.LOL. Besides, most of these girls are pretty decent to talk with. Everyone has to make a living, and I always said if I had been born a girl there would have been a whore in my family.....:)
Beej 12/20/2013 12:50:11 PM Report

If you really wanna be a ho they can easily switch your gender these days!!
bignickel 12/20/2013 1:06:39 PM Report

Time to get moving on that waterfront development.
Imaging the tourism opportunities at the Soo"s very own
Happy Bottom Riding Club convention centre, hotel and casino.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 12/20/2013 1:09:25 PM Report

Take a picture and post it??? Who are you? I don't, nor have I ever visited one of our local street walkers, but who cares if someone does? Why do you care so much about what your neighbour is doing? I suggest you get a hobby, or a life for that matter. If you care more about what others do then your own pathetic life, I feel sorry for you.
mac2 12/20/2013 1:44:49 PM Report

marc, that was pretty harsh, but I see what u are saying, lol, I am guessing it is a woman.
mac2 12/20/2013 1:46:03 PM Report

maybe facepalm could do the work, it is her idea after all. :p
iamtc 12/20/2013 1:48:56 PM Report

These man who pick up these girls should be ashamed of them selves what if it was there little girls doing that how would They feel? These men are low life trash that should be beaten with a broom as for the hookers they should go purchase new teeth with all the untaxed money they bring in and stop laying on there backs for a quick buck what the hell is going on with this city and people's in this community our police service is no use our courts are a joke we need to do things ourselves ..
mac2 12/20/2013 1:50:25 PM Report

although, It wont stop it, ever, anywhere.........., :o
mac2 12/20/2013 1:51:32 PM Report

lol @ iamtc, just lol, lol........
mac2 12/20/2013 1:53:23 PM Report

I must follow the comment section on this article, purely for entertainment purposes, lol
iamtc 12/20/2013 1:55:10 PM Report

Mac is lol on cheap drugs probbably sniffing glue or gasoline crack head
iamtc 12/20/2013 1:55:54 PM Report

U are jokes I am,expert
yoyo165 12/20/2013 2:03:36 PM Report

SCOC decision is too late for the people who had there names published last year....
beyondmind'seye 12/20/2013 3:22:26 PM Report

Well, if it is consentual. What is the problem? "Lowlife, knock their teeth in..." What are you? Batman?

Streetsmarts is not stupid. Just be discreet and be safe.

The opposed need to get the sticks out.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 12/20/2013 3:22:39 PM Report

Please, save yourself the embarrassment and stop posting till you can speak and spell properly.
iamtc 12/20/2013 3:29:28 PM Report


iamtc 12/20/2013 3:31:34 PM Report

Understanding my language now a$$
iamtc 12/20/2013 3:41:59 PM Report

I can't help it when I am texting and commenting while I drive and auto correct does not help
mac2 12/20/2013 5:19:35 PM Report

good job on driving, texting, and telling us about it on a public forum. lol
mac2 12/20/2013 5:20:06 PM Report

let me guess, u are drinking too? lol
Lone24 12/20/2013 5:41:48 PM Report

If they are going to legalize prostitution then they should also have to pay taxes.
Pakadeva 12/20/2013 6:58:07 PM Report

I like your idea! haha
I agree!
Big Deal 12/20/2013 11:24:53 PM Report

Not surprised by the courts decision...after all our government is only about greed and i'm sure they are seeing dollar signs on this one!!! I'm surprised they haven't made pot legal yet due to the dollars signs??? Not that I care about if either is legalized, but to hear our government claim it's out of concern for the safty of the prositutes, just a joke! It's only about money and how they can get some of their profit! Don't forget....all of the baby boomers and retirees are passing on so pretty soon they can't take their money!!!
Tips 12/21/2013 11:54:14 AM Report

I really do not believe it is about safety at all... otherwise all illegal acts would require a change in the Constitution as well. "Those poor crack dealers are not safe, lets legalize it... lets make it less dangerous for those folks". Oh and those "poor unsafe cocaine dealers", don't forget drunk drivers, their free will and all. Its just odd to me that they are doing this at all. ITs really laughable if you think about it... they are all selling something that could be taxed to death, but really only because it can't seem to be eradicated!(the profession,and the drugs, drinking and driving, not the people of course). If the ladies want to be safe, and they certainly should be... get a safer job, perhaps on the right side of the law! Not so proud to be Canadian anymore!
Lone24 12/21/2013 3:37:26 PM Report

Well said TIPS.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 12/21/2013 7:27:07 PM Report

You sir, are an idiot. It's people like you who make us ashamed to be Canadian. Come talk to me when you have an education higher then the 2nd grade.
WTF2 12/21/2013 9:05:18 PM Report

It appears that our government is working on another job creation project...Lots of jobs available now...and think of the cash that they'll generate in income tax...LOL...same old deal...they want their piece of the action...and they don't care how much they screw up the country!
Tips 12/21/2013 10:58:37 PM Report

MarcHandthefunkybunch.... I am a woman not a 'sir'... I also have 7 years of post secondary education, including an Honours Degree. I am a woman that has an opinion differing from you... Please note I did not need to put anyone down in my comments nor did I attack any other commenters. I employed some sarcasm, because the concept of legalizing prostitution is that odd to me! I used off the wall comparisons because well, frankly, I can! Its just my opinion that's all... sorry you don't appreciate my perspective.
jojo12345 12/21/2013 11:41:48 PM Report

Tips you are right ...they should be ashamed of themself
and for MarcHandthefunkybunch
i am for it maybe we should be close on every morning and start a facebook page to show everyone what a bunch of loose we do have here in the sault who fool around on their wife...
MarcHandthefunkybunch 12/22/2013 1:05:34 AM Report

Spoken like a true women... Someone who has more time on their hands then they know what to do with.... Maybe you should worry about your own life instead of what others are doing... And TIPS, it took you 7 years to get an Honours??? Lol... I got my masters in 6.... And it takes 4 years for normal people to get an Honours... So you're reallllllllllyyyyy bright
Tips 12/22/2013 10:56:50 AM Report

MarcHandthefunkybunch... Of course my double degree only took 4 years, and I have 3 college diplomas. Its irrelevant however, with your education you should ought to know not be so rude and condescending. Your power thrusting frankly, makes you come across like a teenager. Your vote is not worth anymore than mine, nor the person that has only grade 2 education. Time to get over yourself perhaps! I simply have a different opinion, and yes, I am on holidays so I have more time than usual to respond to someone that is clearly on some sort of trip! "Marc the Almighty", you have merry Merry Christmas!
AndyCap 12/23/2013 10:21:45 PM Report

hook dont hook. I dont care. Lotta cash just got wasted on this that coulda went to more deserving things me thinks.
spence_21 12/24/2013 11:59:12 AM Report

sneaky petes is opening up for buissness !!!!!
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