Ontario Legalizes Brothels
Prostitutes can now organize, hire security
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2012 6:43 PM CDT
Terri-Jean Bedford, center, with Nikki Thomas, left, and Valerie Scott after Ontario struck down a ban on brothels. Bedford, a dominatrix, said sex trade laws force workers from the safety of home.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

(Newser) – Ontario has just made it slightly more difficult for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to get arrested within her borders: An Ontario court today overturned a ban on brothels, in a controversial move designed to minimize risks and safety threats to those who work in the world's oldest profession. The ruling will take effect next year, and will allow prostitutes to work under one roof protected by security and other support staff, reports the Globe and Mail.

“It’s so nice to feel that we have been brought into society,” says the legal coordinator of Sex Professionals of Canada. “I feel like a debutante. I feel like a citizen.” Other advocates concurred, saying that the move puts prostitutes on the path to becoming regular tax-paying citizens. “Any form of criminalization pushes the industry underground and gives opportunities for predators," she says. Of note, the court tweaked the pimping law to make it illegal “in circumstances of exploitation.” It also left standing a statute that makes it illegal to communicate in a public place for the purpose of prostitution. An appeal is expected.

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Mar 28, 2012 5:28 PM CDT
It would be nice to believe that women someday wouldn't have to be in this lifestyle;no matter what reason caused them to be in that position. I know that won't happen until some males change their attitude about females.
Mar 28, 2012 5:20 PM CDT
If this gives women more protection from the dangers that confront them in that lifestyle it sounds like a great idea.
Mar 27, 2012 8:59 AM CDT
I am all for it! This will more than likely cut down on a lot of "Pimps" Hopfully the crime rate will go down and the Violence towards these women will lesson .