Debra M Haak does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. How you answer that question will depend on what you identify those goals to be. These articles often suggest that the laws were implemented to make sex work safer , healthier and less risky for those who engage in it. Despite these consistent assertions, these outcomes are not what the laws aim to achieve.
Canada's new prostitution laws: Everything you need to know
Canada’s laws designed to deter prostitution, not keep sex workers safe
With the Government of Canada's announcement that it will evaluate the impact of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act PCEPA , enacted to address prostitution in Canada , this first national poll researching prostitution will help ensure that the views of Canadians are represented in the evaluation; help inform the process; and help raise public awareness about Canada's current legislation. The poll results are of interest to Canadians and the Government of Canada. The law does not criminalize women and people who are bought and sold in the sex trade. The law protects those who sell their own sexual services from criminal liability. The law mandates the government to provide services to prostituted and sex trafficked individuals, who are mostly women and girls, while prohibiting the purchase of sexual acts; owning or operating a brothel; pimping; and trafficking.
Judge rules parts of Canada’s prostitution laws unconstitutional in London, Ont. case
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. In addition, Judge Thomas McKay said the ban on procuring sexual services also violates the charter. Because the judgment is from a provincial court, it is not binding, and the law remains in effect unless an appellate court sides with McKay in the event of an appeal. Nevertheless, a lawyer for one of the accused praised what he called the precedential decision. At issue are parts of the law enacted by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper in November after the previous law had been struck down.
This article was published more than 6 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Sex work and the rules around it have dominated Parliament Hill chatter. The second stage of the federal government's race to pass a bill governing prostitution by the end of the year has begun, with the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee beginning hearings.