Ontario Court Decriminalizes Prostitution

Via the BBC:  Canadian judge overturns brothel ban in Ontario

In a 131-page ruling, Judge Susan Himel found national laws banning brothels, solicitation of clients and managing sex workers violated a provision of the constitution guaranteeing “the right to life, liberty and security”.

She called on the Canadian parliament to regulate the sex trade rather than ban such practices.

“These laws… force prostitutes to choose between their liberty, interest and their right to security of the person,” she said.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter