Research-to-Action

Criminal code violates sex workers' rights: B.C. experts

Metro
Monday, March 14, 2011

Vancouver health experts were granted joint intervener status yesterday in a landmark sex workers case in Ontario that's challenging the ethics of the country's prostitution laws.

The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS will testify in Ontario court that sections of the Criminal Code force sex workers into hiding, thus compromising their health, safety and human rights.

"We know from research that the law is not only failing to protect, it's actually causing harms. It's time for the Government of Canada to make decisions based on evidence, not so-called moral agendas," said Dr. Kate Shannon, with the Centre for Excellence.