What prostitutes can teach the Canadian government

Jeri’s Trans/LGBTQIA Queer Reflections From The City Different - Santa Fe, NM

Finally a sane approach to prostitution. This commentary,

by Samantha Majic, a political scientist at CUNY-John Jay,

looks at how Canada has the opportunity to craft laws that limit trafficking but allow for voluntary sex work…

Canada’s Supreme Court has just declared the country’s anti-prostitution laws unconstitutional. The Canadian Parliament now has one year to rewrite its prostitution laws, and we in the United States should closely watch what happens next. This ruling provides a much-needed opportunity for legislators and sex workers to work together and create a framework that will help adult prostitutes work safely.

In Canada, prostitution is actually legal. However, all of the activities surrounding it, such communicating in public, living off of the earnings or running a bawdy house, were not. Valerie Scott, Amy Lebovitch and Terri-Jean Bedford, the advocates of sex-worker rights who initiated the case Bedford v. Canada, argued that these laws endangered prostitutes…

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