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Canada v. Bedford is a case regarding the sex trade, and how the laws regarding sex work were deemed unconstitutional.
This case was initiated by three Ontario sex workers: Terri Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott. The applicants asked the court to strike down the three provisions of the Criminal Code because they violate sex workers’ constitutional right to security of the person
The laws that restrict our work is endangering our life and our safety. This is unconstitutional.
The case went through the Ontario Courts, including the court of appeal. Finally it made it's way to the Supreme court of Canada. It took 7 years for the entire process to come to an end.
By the time the case had reached the Supreme Court the legal issues had already been raised. Do the laws in question conflict with the Charter Rights of Sex workers? How fairly are these laws balancing the needs of sex workers and the broader community?
The Court was unanimous on all issues but one. It agreed upon reversing the previous SCC decision, as well as that the laws infringed on the s.7 rights pf the workers. It only disagreed on the total acceptance of "bawdy-houses"
The Supreme Court decided that the current prostitution laws need to be re-written, and gave the government one year to do so. The government only re-wrote the law ragarding the control of "bawdy houses".
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