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The Oldest Profession Finally Gets Some Legal Legitimacy Month: May 2012

Month: May 2012

The Oldest Profession Finally Gets Some Legal Legitimacy

The federal government has recently announced their intention to appeal the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal in the case of Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, 2012 ONCA 186. The original challenge launched in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was to three sections of the Criminal Code of Canada dealing with prostitution and the common "bawdy-house." The provisions in question were: s.210(1) (common bawdy house), s.212(1)(j) (living on the avails) and s.21(1)(c) (communicating for the purpose of prostitution). The sections were challenged under both sections 7 and 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The hope is that…

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