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Prostitution Law - Joy Smith
We started this segment with a clip from Terri-Jean Bedford. She works as a dominatrix in Toronto. And yesterday, she and two other sex-trade workers won a major victory in the Ontario Superior Court. Justice Susan Himel struck down three key parts of Canada's prostitution laws ... the parts that made it illegal to keep a common bawdy house, to communicate for the purposes of prostitution and to live off of the avails of prostitution.
Justice Himel ruled that those provisions are unconstitutional. She also suspended her ruling for 30 days ... effectively giving Parliament that much time to come up with a new law. Alan Young is the lawyer who brought the case before the court. He says the ruling will go a long way toward keeping sex-trade workers safe.
But not everyone agrees with his assessment. Joy Smith is a Conservative MP. And she thinks Canada's prostitution laws should be heading in a very different direction. She has written a proposal for a national action plan to combat human trafficking that would criminalize the act of buying sex. Joy Smith was in our Ottawa studio.
Prostitution Law - Benjamin Perrin
Joy Smith referred to the situation in Sweden. We heard from Charlotta Schlyter, the counselor at the Swedish Embassy in Ottawa, with what she had to say about her country's laws on prostitution.
Benjamin Perrin has written about some of that research in his new book. It's called Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking. The book comes out next week. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. Benjamin Perrin was in Vancouver.
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