On­tario’s top court le­gal­izes broth­els

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TORONTO | A ban on broth­els puts pros­ti­tutes at risk and is un­con­sti­tu­tional, On­tario’s top court ruled Mon­day in a case that is ex­pected to be ap­pealed to Canada’s top court and have ram­i­fi­ca­tions for the coun­try at large.

The On­tario Court of Ap­peal said pros­ti­tutes should be al­lowed to work safely in­doors.

The court in Canada’s most pop­u­lous prov­ince has given the gov­ern­ment a year to re­write the law if it chooses.

At the same time, the court said con­cerns about the nui­sance cre­ated by street pros­ti­tu­tion are real, hav­ing a “pro­found im­pact on the mem­bers of the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.” So it up­held the ban on so­lic­it­ing for the pur­poses of sell­ing sex.

Pros­ti­tu­tion it­self is not il­le­gal in Canada, but pimp­ing, op­er­at­ing a brothel and com­mu­ni­cat­ing for the pur­poses of sell­ing sex are con­sid­ered crim­i­nal acts.

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