MONTREAL -- The recent killing of a year-old woman in Quebec has focused renewed attention on Canada's prostitution laws, which critics say are applied irregularly across the country and only make sex work more dangerous. People connected to the industry say the Jan. Sold to the public in as a way of protecting women in the sex trade, Bill C has pushed women who sell sexual services into becoming "invisible," Sandra Wesley, an advocate for women in the sex industry, said. Eustachio Gallese, year-old convict out on day parole, has been charged with second-degree murder in Levesque's death. He was imprisoned for murdering his wife in and had been convicted of assaulting a previous partner, but as part of his day parole, a "risk-management strategy" was developed to allow Gallese to meet women to respond to his "sexual needs.
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Current laws on sex work , introduced by the Conservative government in , make it illegal to purchase or advertise sexual services and illegal to live on the material benefits from sex work. Although it is legal to sell sexual services, in some cases it is illegal to solicit in public areas. It is the first time in Canadian history that the exchange of sexual services for money is made illegal. The Canadian Department of Justice , claims that the new legal framework "reflects a significant paradigm shift away from the treatment of prostitution as 'nuisance', as found by the Supreme Court of Canada in Bedford , toward treatment of prostitution as a form of sexual exploitation that disproportionately and negatively impacts on women and girls".
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Please see our Commenting Policy for more. In addition, Judge Thomas McKay said the ban on procuring sexual services also violates the charter. Because the judgment is from a provincial court, it is not binding, and the law remains in effect unless an appellate court sides with McKay in the event of an appeal. At issue are parts of the law enacted by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper in November , after the previous law had been struck down. The new law criminalized the purchase of sex and communication for that purpose.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. In addition, Judge Thomas McKay said the ban on procuring sexual services also violates the charter. Because the judgment is from a provincial court, it is not binding, and the law remains in effect unless an appellate court sides with McKay in the event of an appeal. Nevertheless, a lawyer for one of the accused praised what he called the precedential decision. At issue are parts of the law enacted by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper in November after the previous law had been struck down.