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Canada's top court strikes down anti-prostitution laws, including against keeping a brothel
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:11 AM EST
Canada's highest court has struck down the country's prostitution laws in their entirety in a unanimous 9-0 ruling.
The ruling is a victory for sex workers seeking safer working conditions because it found that the laws violated the charter guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person.
But the Supreme Court of Canada decision also gives Parliament a one-year reprieve to respond with new legislation.
Ontario's Appeal Court previously struck down the ban on brothels on the grounds it exposed women to more danger.
Friday's landmark ruling comes 34 years after the Supreme Court last upheld the country's anti-prostitution laws.