Sex worker reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on prostitution
Today, the Supreme Court struck down all three laws around prostitution, ruling they're unconstitutional. Those laws include the prohibition of: keeping a brothel, living off the avails of prostitution, and street solicitation. The justices unanimously agreed that the laws violate the Charter guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person.
The federal government has until December 2014 to re-write the laws if it chooses....so that they are compliant with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Caroline Newcastle (a pseudonym) has been working as an indoor sex worker for the past three years here in Ottawa. She's a member of P.O.W.E.R., which is an advocacy group for local sex workers, and we reached her for her reaction.