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Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws 0

By Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on July 21, 2011. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

OTTAWA - In a sweeping decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has struck down all of the long-standing Criminal Code provisions dealing with prostitution.

In a unanimous decision, the justices found that the bans on brothels, communicating for the purposes of prostitution and living off its avails violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because they endanger hookers' lives.

"It makes no difference that the conduct of pimps and johns is the immediate source of the harms suffered by prostitutes," wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in the judgment. "The impugned laws deprive people engaged in risky, but legal, activity of the means to protect themselves against those risks."

The ruling is suspended for a year, giving Parliament time to re-write Canada's prostitution laws.

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