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Canada Removes All Anti-Prostitution Laws

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Following a big campaign by ex-sex workers after murders showed how laws forcing it underground meant that women were being exposed to serious dangers, including six killed by a serial killer.

And with Uruguay legalising cannabis use this week has represented a tremendous outbreak of common sense, marred only by New York banning e-cigs in an outbreak of temperance-era mentalism.

Now for other governments to start acting like grown-ups.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2527216/Canada-strikes-ALL-anti-prostitution-laws-sex-workers-said-ban-brothels-risk.html

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Following a big campaign by ex-sex workers after murders showed how laws forcing it underground meant that women were being exposed to serious dangers, including six killed by a serial killer.

And with Uruguay legalising cannabis use this week has represented a tremendous outbreak of common sense, marred only by New York banning e-cigs in an outbreak of temperance-era mentalism.

Now for other governments to start acting like grown-ups.

http://www.dailymail...thels-risk.html

The story's a bit more complex. What the supreme court have actually done is give the government a year to pass a new law before the old ones are struck down. It's going to be really interesting to see how Harper deals with this one. On the one hand, he's basically an old school British liberal who's inclinations are likely to be to delegate it to the provinces and tell them to do whatever they want in their own jurisdictions. On the other hand, the Canadian Tory party has a reasonable sized right wing religious nut-job contingent (not as bas as the US but more noticeable than the UK) who will most likely want prostitution made illegal. Note that the legal arguments were all around the fact that prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada so it's illogical to make it impossible for prostitutes to, for example, pay for an accountant to do their taxes (living off the earnings of prostitution).

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Now for other governments to start acting like grown-ups.

Meanwhile in France ...

French MPs have approved a bill that will penalise anyone paying for sex.

The bill, which was adopted by a vote of 268 to 138, with 79 abstentions, establishes a fine of at least 1,500 euros for buying sexual acts.

Under the new bill, prostitution will remain legal and the act of soliciting will now not be punished. Pimping will remain illegal.

...

The bill must still pass the Senate before coming into force.

[etc.]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25217185

Swings and roundabouts, eh?

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