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Five important points on high court ruling

OTTAWA -- Here are five things to know about Friday's Supreme Court of Canada ruling on prostitution:

  1. WHAT: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled the key provisions of the country's anti-prostitution laws, banning brothels, solicitation and living off the avails are unconstitutional.
  2. WHY: The justices ruled unanimously these provisions violate constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security of the person.
  3. WHO: The case originated with an Ontario case brought by retired dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford, Vancouver sex worker Amy Lebovitch and former prostitute Valerie Scott, of Toronto.
  4. WHEN: The court delayed the effect of its ruling for a year to allow Parliament to produce a new, constitutionally acceptable law.
  5. NEXT: The matter now rests with the Harper government. Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the government is "exploring all possible options to ensure the criminal law continues to address the significant harms that flow from prostitution to communities, those engaged in prostitution, and vulnerable persons."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2013 A6

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