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Legislature Challenged to Rewrite Prostitution Laws

Ontario prostitution laws have been temporarily upheld by a court in Ontario, which presents a timeline, and a challenge, for the legislature to rewrite the laws to protect sex-trade workers.

In a decision that was released on Thursday, the Ontario Court of Appeal granted the temporary stay on an earlier court ruling striking down three prostitution-related laws as unconstitutional.

Justice Marc Rosenberg cited the potential “regulatory void” that would occur, thereby urging the legislature to replace the unconstitutional laws with a regulatory scheme that makes sense and protects sex-trade workers.

In response to the important task, Harper had this to say: “We believe that the prostitution trade is bad for society.”

The stay expires on April 29, 2011. I will be very interested to see what they come up with.