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Supreme Court Strikes Down Prostitution Laws in Canada

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by Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News

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Credit: Kay Chernush for the US State Department

Applause erupted outside Canada’s highest court Friday as sex workers learned that Canada’s top judges had struck down prostitution laws as unconstitutional. The ruling means legal brothels could be a reality in Canada by next Christmas.

However, the ruling got a quick rebuke from the ruling Conservative Party, with one minister calling it “a blow to women’s safety and equality.”

In a unanimous ruling, the nine Supreme Court judges – six of them men – found prostitution laws violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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