Sunday, December 22, 2013

CCRL calls for new legislation following SCC ruling in prostitution case

OTTAWA, ON December 20, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League today commented on the Supreme Court of Canada decision in the prostitution case Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, in which the League was an intervener.

The unanimous decision, issued today, struck down three Criminal Code provisions regulating prostitution:  living off the avails of prostitution; communicating in public for purposes of prostitution; and keeping or being found in a bawdy house. The effect of the decision is suspended for 12 months to give Parliament a chance to respond.

“Clearly this is not the decision we wanted, nor in our opinion is it what the majority of Canadians would wish to see,” said League Executive Director Joanne McGarry. “We encourage the government to introduce new legislation on prostitution that will reduce its incidence and improve the safety and security of its victims.”  (more...)

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