A coalition of Canadian sex workers lost a key court battle yesterday in its fight to decriminalize the oldest profession in the world.
Ontario's Superior Court dismissed a Charter challenge launched by groups advocating for the rights of sex workers, ruling that Canada's criminal laws on sex work are constitutional.
Jenn Clamen, a national co-ordinator with The Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform, said sex workers across Canada are "extremely devastated" by the ruling, finding it "not just insulting but also ignorant."
The coalition argued in court that the current legislation governing prostitution in Canada — passed by Stephen Harper's Conservatives — fosters stigma, invites targeted violence and removes safe consent.
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