BCCLA argues prostitution laws must be struck down to protect vulnerable women

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Toronto – Today the BCCLA will argue before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Bedford v. Canada (Attorney General) that the federal prostitution laws are unconstitutional. The BCCLA is an intervener in the case.

The BCCLA will argue that there are ways of conducting prostitution that could significantly reduce the risk of violence towards sex workers, such as allowing sex workers to work indoors, to work with a companion or to work in settings with others nearby. The prostitution laws make these safety-enhancing techniques illegal.

Brent Olthuis of Hunter Litigation Chambers and Megan Vis-Dunbar are counsel for the BCCLA. The argument the BCCLA filed in the case is available here>>

What: Ontario Court of Appeal will hear oral arguments in the Bedford case.
When: June 16, 2011
Where: Ontario Court of Appeal (Toronto, ON)
Who: Counsel for the BCCLA, Megan Vis-Dunbar will be available for comment at the number listed below.

Megan Vis-Dunbar, Counsel for the BCCLA: (604) 728-4852
Grace Pastine, BCCLA Litigation Director : (604) 630-9751