For those of you who have been following Ontario’s journey with prostitution law over the past year, this week has been a heavy one for abolitionists and anti-trafficking advocates. For those of you who are just now getting into the debate, get some background on Ontario’s court decision from last summer here.
The government’s appeal regarding last summer’s decision is taking place all this week. The hearings started on Monday and will conclude Friday. I personally know some abolitionists who are part of the hearings, including Trisha Baptie from EVE (Formerly Exploited Voices Now Educating). From the sounds of it, this will likely end up being a Supreme Court case.
To keep you up-to-date on what is going on, I have decided to round up some articles I have read this past week:
- Ontario’s top court set to hear prostitution challenge by Tracey Tyler
- Ont. court to hear appeals against pivotal prostitution ruling by Linda Nguyen
- Unsound laws send message at expense of prostitutes safety, lawyer contends by Kirk Makin
- Prostitution could become legit business by Andrew Dreschel
As you may know, I am against the legalization of prostitution and for the Nordic (Swedish) Model which reduces prostitution and sex trafficking. Here are some articles and posts you can read on why I feel this way:
- Legalized Prostitution Would Boost Human Trafficking
- Should Canada Legalize Prostitution? Panel Discussion with Gunilla Ekberg, Lee Lakeman & Trisha Baptie
Trisha Baptie and others are making their voices heard today, hoping that the courts will hear their message and respond. Legalization of prostitution has a dark underbelly that will hurt significantly more people than it will protect, and that is why it is crucial that we stand up for the abolition of prostitution and for the adoption of the Nordic Model.