From CBC News
Should Canada’s prostitution laws be changed? Should they legalize activities surrounding the sex trade? Or make prostitution itself illegal?
CBC News is running a poll asking readers for their opinion.
While prostitution itself is technically legal, there are provisions against nearly every activity associated with it. Advocates for the safety of sex workers say the provisions make the work more dangerous in specific ways. For example:
- Laws against keeping a common bawdy house prevent sex workers from working indoors, where it’s safer.
- Laws against communicating for the purposes of prostitution prevent them from taking time to talk to a potential client to assess the risk he or she poses.
- Laws against living on the avails of prostitution prevent them from hiring bodyguards.