Vancouver sex worker Sue Davis praises Ontario court ruling overturning prostitution laws
A Vancouver sex worker says she's thrilled by an Ontario court decision striking down Canada's prostitution laws.
Sue Davis, spokesperson for the B.C. Coalition for Experimental Communities, told the Straight she's grateful that somebody within the legal system has "sorted through the muck and the rhetoric and come up with a decision that reflects the truth".
"To be honest with you, I never in my life dreamed that we would see such a sweeping victory," Davis said.
Ontario Justice Susan Himel ruled that laws against keeping a common bawdy house, communicating for the purpose of prostitution, and living off the avails of the sex trade were unconstitutional.
The operators of a "Bondage Bungalow" near Toronto argued that the laws violated their charter guarantees of freedom of expression and security of the person.
"I'm so happy for the Ontario sex workers today," Davis stated. "Essentially, everything has been decriminalized in Ontario. That just means for everybody, it's a step towards safety."
Davis, who is spearheading efforts to create a sex workers' co-op, mentioned that she works with the police. She said that sex workers from across the country migrate to the city because it is "leaps and bounds ahead of other municipalities in the country, including Toronto".