Adult sex industry workers in Windsor applaud Ontario's decision to hold off on prosecuting prostitution.
Parliament has nearly a year to draft new prostitution laws. Until then Ontario won't be enforcing them.
"I think it's actually amazing. I have been in the industry for a long time so I know girls who work in the industry," said Leah Leckie, who has been in the adult film industry for 12 years. "I know they have concerns about how it will be regulated. I'm glad they aren't going to be charging these girls."
The three laws include: operating a bawdy house, living on the profits of prostitution and communicating for the purposes of prostitution.
Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, a professor at University of Windsor, said this is a responsible decision that will cut costs in the judicial system and save taxpayers' money.
She said that's because if the workers are charged, resources would be needed to get the charges through the courts.
"All of that work, all that time, and all that money that's been spent will go out the window," said Maticka-Tyndale. "Even if a case is completed, if I were the defence attorney, I'd be ready to appeal as soon as the new jurisdictions came down."
Police in Ontario will continue enforcing other laws, including human trafficking, age limitations, forcing people into sex work and public indecency.