Research-to-Action

Health and legal groups' reports suggest prostitution laws targeting clients likely unconstitutional

The Georgia Straight
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A pair of reports out today (June 3) outline health and legal arguments for a possible next step in the decriminalization of sex work in Canada.

The first, drafted by researchers at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE), examines the consequences for the health and safety of sex workers when antiprostitution laws are enforced against clients. The second, drafted by Pivot Legal Society and Sex Workers United Against Violence, provides a legal analysis of those implications, and concludes that laws targeting clients "likely" violate the rights of sex workers...