Monday, March 26, 2007

Charter Challenge on Prostitution Filed..

Constitutional Challenge Against Prostitution Filed in Superior Court of Ontario...
A charter challenge against a three specific sections of the Criminal Code relating to Prostitution has been filed by the Three Sex Trade Workers on behalf of all sex trade workers in Ontario and Canada.

The Act of Prostitution in Canada is Legal in Fact, but the three Provisions in Criminal Code deny the Worker the safe Legal Option which to safely conduct the business of Prostitution which is Legal in the first Place.

The Criminal Code Sections - Keeping a Common Bawdy House, Living on the Avail and Communication for the Purpose of Prostitution Violates the Rights and Freedoms of the sex workers by depriving them their right to liberty and security in a manner that is not in Accordance with the Principles of Fundamental Justice.

One-time dominatrix Terri Jean Bedford, along with Valerie Scott, a former sex worker and executive director of Sex Professionals of Canada, and Amy Lebovitch, a current sex worker, launched the challenge on behalf of all Canadian sex workers.

The case is being handled by an Osgoode Law Professor Alan Young and a Team of law professors and students who all believe that the law violates the women’s rights by the ever-present danger they face in the streets.

Alan young pointed to the on-going trial of Robert Pickton, a pig farmer from British Columbia who was charged of the Murder of dozens of Street workers in his Farm. And Young noted that this horrific story is just the tip of the Iceberg, there are thousands of women who face the danger of assault and murder as the work the streets every night and day.

If the challenge is successful and the three sections of the criminal code are struck down, it will open the way to have the prostitution to become organized, regulated industry, even unionized and can even go on strike and maybe we can get rid of the Pimps as well...

But before I go, Section one of the same Charter has this to say:

Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms
Rights and freedoms in Canada

1 - The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Now it's up for the good professor and his team to argue that those limitations on the rights of our sex trade workers are indeed not justified. My take, they are not justified and they law should be struck down, they are archaic laws and make no sense, because prostitutions in fact is Legal, these limitations only hinder the conduct of business that is legal, and make people criminals doing things that are non-criminal in the first place. This country has matured and evolved to the point that we can handle another progressive move forward...