First it was the decriminalization of marijuana in small non-trafficking amounts and now sex houses are legal and open for business in Ontario. I am sure the hard right conservatives and some religious zealots out there are going to be none too happy, but the oldest profession in the world is now legal again. In a landmark ruling, Ontario’s top court has legalized brothels saying, “Canadian prostitution laws unfairly discriminate against prostitutes and their ability to work in safe environments.” Although the courts didn’t outright say that prostitution is now legal, this step is definitely moving things in that direction or at the very least hamper the illegal street work and moving it inside.
The conservative Prime-Minister of Canada obviously is not in accord with this decision, as his office said through Rob Nicholson, Canada’s justice minister, “prostitution is bad for society and harmful to communities, women and vulnerable persons.” There is the possibility that this decision could be appealed to the Canadian Supreme Court, but as of now, brothels are open or will be opening for business in a neighborhood near you.
Toronto seems to be making it’s case very strong to become the North American version of Amsterdam (ironic since the Dutch city has been getting more conservative over the years). Seems like ages ago when Ontario residents were outraged at the idea of Sunday shopping (imagine that). Toronto and Ontario just got a little more interesting. Here come the red light districts in Toronto…
Toronto Star: A red light district for Toronto?