Federal Government to Appeal Prostitution Ruling

On April 25, 2012, the Federal Government announced that they will appeal the March 26, 2012, Ontario Court of Appeal decision striking down Canada’s prostitution laws, specifically, Criminal Code provisions prohibiting “keeping or using a common bawdy house” (section 210) and the “living off the avails of prostitution” provision (section 212(1)(j)) as unconstitutional to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson stated:

It is our position that the Criminal Code provisions are constitutionally sound. It is important to clarify the constitutionality of the law and remove the uncertainty this decision has created. The Criminal Code provisions denounce and deter the most harmful and public aspects of prostitution.

No surprise there!

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