Prostitution in Canada is legal. However, most things that make it possible are not. On Monday 26th March, a retired dominatrix and madame named Terri-Jean Bedford went to the Court of Appeals in Ontario to challenge three of the laws that make being a prostitute in Canada so tedious and difficult. She succeeded in overturning two of them, so now it’s legal for men and women of the night to run their businesses out of brothels – or “bawdy houses”, as they’re known in Canadian law – and to hire security guards, chauffeurs and accountants to help those businesses run more easily. However, they’re still not allowed to communicate the fact that those businesses exist, which means that street prostitution in particular is still very risky (and essentially illegal) business in Canada.
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