A former madam warns that organized crime — not sex trade workers — will reap the benefits if Canada’s Supreme Court legalizes brothels.
Tania Fiolleau, a Vancouver-based former madam turned TV talk show host and activist, said she is concerned about the potential ramifications of legalizing brothels.
Canada’s top court finished a week of appeal hearings Friday which could result in a dramatic change to the country’s prostitution laws.
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Vancouver sex workers can proceed with a legal challenge of the country’s prostitution laws.
The 9-0 ruling dismisses a federal government appeal against the Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence Society and former sex worker Sheryl Kiselbach.
The government argued that since no prostitution charges had been laid, the society and Kiselbach lacked the legal standing to pursue the case.
CALGARY - Calling him a "low-life" who preys on "young children" a judge sentenced a city man to nearly two years in jail for pimping minors.
"This crime is probably one of the lowest of crimes," Judge Sean Dunnigan told Reginald Junior Denis Tuesday.
"Only a low-life gets involved in this sort of thing ... preying on young children," Dunnigan said.
"This makes you the worst type of predator imaginable.
"You're a cruel parasite."
Denis pleaded guilty to two pimping charges relating to two 16-year-old girls he coerced into prostitution.
OTTAWA - The federal government said Wednesday it will appeal an Ontario court ruling that, if left unchallenged, could see Canada become the Amsterdam of the North.
Last month, the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down Canada's bawdy house provisions as unconstitutional and amended the pimping provisions of the Criminal Code so that only those exploiting hookers will be prosecuted.
But on Wednesday, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson directed federal lawyers to challenge that ruling in the Supreme Court of Canada.
"It is our position that the Criminal Code provisions are constitutionally sound," Nicholson said in a statement. "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."
TORONTO – The Court of Appeal for Ontario has swept aside some of the country’s anti-prostitution laws saying they place unconstitutional restrictions on prostitutes’ ability to protect themselves.
The landmark decision means sex workers will be able to hire drivers, bodyguards and support staff and work indoors in organized brothels or “bawdy houses,” while “exploitation” by pimps remains illegal.
However, openly soliciting customers on the street remains prohibited with the judges deeming that “a reasonable limit on the right to freedom of expression.”
The province’s highest court suspended the immediate implementation of striking the bawdy house law for a year to allow the government an opportunity to amend the Criminal Code.