Research-to-Action

Should sex work be criminal?

Canadian Council for Democracy
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OTTAWA - We haven't paid much attention to the Conservative government's mid-summer crackdown on organized crime, have we? Remember, just a couple of weeks ago, when justice minister Rob Nicholson got serious about punishing organized gambling, prostitution and drug crime?

In the blink of an eye, Nicholson made several regulatory changes to the Criminal Code. As we know, regulations aren't the purview of Canada's parliament. As such, the government can do whatever it wants to Canada's regulatory regime. In this case, the government rendered 11 offences in particular as "serious" - i.e. they now carry a maximum penalty of give years imprisonment.