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Canadian Court: Prostitution Bans Violate National Charter

A Toronto judge struck down Canada’s prostitution laws, claiming the regulations that supposedly keep neighborhoods safe instead make it more dangerous to be a practicing sex worker.

In a case brought by Terri-Jean Bedford, “a dominatrix who was convicted in 1998 of keeping a common bawdy house,” and who goes by the name Madame de Sade, Superior Court Justice Susan Himel says prostitutes must be able to solicit customers on the street, use their homes as a place of business, and even openly hire accountants to do their taxes. She’s issued a 30-day stay on her ruling to give the Justice Department time to appeal, which we should expect: at trial, government attorneys argued decriminalizing prostitution isn’t in line with the “moral values” of Canadians.