Prostitutes to challenge sex laws in Ontario court

October 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm (Uncategorized)

The criminal code prohibits communicating for the purposes of prostitution or the keeping of a common bawdy house. But three Ontario awomen say they are professionals and are urging the courts to strike down those laws, which force them to work on the streets and not in their homes.Photograph by: Global News, Global WinnipegCanada’s prostitution laws will be put to the test by a trio of sex-trade workers in a court challenge that begins Tuesday in Toronto. Terri-Jean Bedford, 49, a dominatrix, along with two other prostitutes, Valerie Scott and Amy Lebovitch, have filed papers in Ontario Superior Court arguing that the criminal code violates their constitutional rights and threatens their physical safety. The criminal code prohibits communicating for the purposes of prostitution or the keeping of a common bawdy house. But the women say they are professionals and are urging the courts to strike down those laws, which force them to work on the streets and not in their homes. The women have compiled a wide range of documents as part of their case, including parliamentary and government reports, as well as various affidavits from academics, experts and NDP MP Libby Davies.

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