Prostitution Legalized in Ontario: Yet Another Reason To Move Up North
Canadam? With the de-criminalization of marijuana and now the legalization of prostitution, Canada could become the next Amsterdam.
Yesterday, Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice ruled that it is no longer illegal to pimp, solicit a prostitute, or run a brothel. Justice Susan Himel, who sided with two prostitutes and a dominatrix, said, “these laws… force prostitutes to choose between their liberty, interest and their right to security of the person.”
The constitutional challenge was brought to the court by dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott, arguing that legal restrictions on prostitution are a violation of charter rights of security of the person and freedom of expression.
The hope is that with government regulation, prostitutes will be able to operate in safety and not have to worry about being raped, robbed, or murdered. “Moreover, sex workers can set up guilds and associations, health standards, workers’ compensation programs, as well as pay income tax. “We want to be good citizens and it’s time, now we finally can,” said Scott.
The ruling was less about the legality of selling sex than about protecting prostitutes who will continue to turn tricks, legal or not. In their book “Super Freakonomics,” authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, write, “One feature of a market economy is that prices tend to find a level whereby even the worst conceivable job is worth doing. As bad off as these women are, they would seem to be worse off without prostitution.”
It’s hard to know what to think, especially in light of the new study showing that most strippers are better educated than their clients.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson made the announcement today in the House of Commons that the Harper government does not support the ruling and will issue an appeal. If the ruling is not overturned, expect other Canadian Provences to legalize prostitution.
We are still waiting on a quote from Christine O’Donnell.