A decision late last year by the Supreme Court of Canada that struck down key provisions of the country’s prostitution laws has been met by a response from the Conservative government.
Today, the Tories introduced legislation to criminalize the purchase of sexual services. The long-awaited bill would also see a crackdown on those who financially benefit from prostitution. Essentially, the laws would see prostitution itself legal, but make almost all related activities including pimping and running a brothel criminal offences.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay making the announcement today in Ottawa saying the main goal is to protect those most vulnerable.
In December, the high court ruled the laws were unconstitutional but it gave the government a year to replace them.
-Written by Matt Carty at AM640