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Choice to be a sex worker driven by poverty, overregulation of trades | Ryan Handlarski

Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 8:50 AM | By Ryan Handlarski

Ever since the Supreme Court decision in Bedford v. Canada [2013] 3 SCR 1101, 2013 SCC 72, where the bizarre half-measure laws in the Criminal Code around sex work were struck down, sex work has been some kind of a legal grey area: not exactly legal, but with the police mostly turning a blind eye to it.

Shortly after the Bedford decision, the Conservative government that was then in power set out to adopt the “Swedish model” and criminalize the purchase of sexual services, before they were elected...