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Vancouver sex-trade workers see partial victory in Ontario ruling

The Vancouver Sun
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Metro Vancouver's sex workers and their advocates claimed a partial victory Monday after Ontario's Court of Appeal swept aside some of the country's anti-prostitution laws, ruling them unconstitutional.

The landmark decision means sex workers will be able to hire drivers, bodyguards and support staff as well as work indoors in organized brothels or "bawdy houses," while "exploitation" by pimps remains illegal.

However, the law prohibiting prostitutes from openly soliciting customers on the street was upheld. The judges deemed that provision "a reasonable limit on the right to freedom of expression."