Canada’s new prostitution law

3News 5 June 2014
Canada’s attorney-general has unveiled a law that makes it legal to sell sex to individuals but illegal to buy it, after the high court struck down an anti-prostitution law.

The new law switches the focus of criminal charges from sellers of sex to potential buyers, and prohibits advertising sexual services.

“We’re targeting Johns and pimps, those that treat sexual services as a commodity,” Justice Minister and Attorney-General Peter MacKay.

He said the measure would endeavour to protect communities as well as vulnerable people, “and recognises the inherent dangers associated with prostitution.”

Under the law, penalties will range from a $1,000 fine to 14 years in prison.

The Supreme Court in December struck down key provisions of the original law that effectively criminalised prostitution, saying that they endangered prostitutes.