(Vatican Radio) Canada’s highest court struck down the country’s anti-prostitution
laws, sparking grave concern from religious groups and anti-human trafficking activists.
as such is not illegal in Canada but the Supreme Court on Friday struck down the country’s
three prostitution-related laws that banned brothels and bawdy houses, street soliciting
and living off the profits of prostitution.
Sex workers argued that the bans
made their work more dangerous and launched the legal battle after the serial killings
of prostitutes. But the ruling has drawn criticism from groups that are working to
bring an end to human trafficking . They say abolishing these limits will only increase
human trafficking to Canada.
Kim Pate of the Elizabeth Fry Association commented
on the impact of this ruling for future generations of Canadian women.
a sad day that we now have confirmed that it’s now okay that you can buy and sell
women and girls in this country. I think generations to come--our daughters, our granddaughters,
and on--will look back and say, ‘what were they thinking?’” she said.
does not come into effect immediately. The Supreme Court has given Parliament one
year to respond with new legislation and the existing laws would remain in place until