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Bedford vs. Canada
Supreme Court of Canada Hearing 2013

Terri-Jean Bedford briefly addressed her supporters on the steps of the Supreme Court June 13. PHOTO: Bradley Turcotte
PHOTO: Bradley Turcotte
Terri-Jean Bedford briefly addressed her supporters on the steps of the Supreme Court June 13.

On September 28, 2010, sex workers and allies celebrated Justice Himel's landmark ruling that would strike down three major Criminal Code of Canada provisions that make prostitution against the law:

  • Section 210 – Common bawdy house
  • Section 212(1)(j) – Living on the avails; and
  • Section 213(1)(c) – Communicating for the purposes of prostitution.

Justice Himel ruled that these laws violate the right to liberty and security that is guaranteed in Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Himel's decision states that the harm done to sex workers through this criminalization of prostitution outweighs any harm done to the community.

This decision was appealed by the Attorney General, and the case will be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada on June 13, 2013.

Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford (right) sits on the front steps to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The SCOC is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Canada's prostitution laws. PHOTO: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press
PHOTO: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press
Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford (right) sits on the front steps to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The SCOC is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Canada's prostitution laws.

National Day of Action: Sex Work Solidarity
Toronto, June 8, 2013

Sex Workers march in downtown Toronto during a National Day of Action on June 8, 2013. PHOTO: Stan Behal/Toronto Sun
PHOTO: Stan Behal/Toronto Sun
Sex Workers march in downtown Toronto during a National Day of Action on June 8, 2013.

Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity
Vancouver, June 8, 2013

Sex workers marched with a police escort. PHOTO: Charlie Smith
PHOTO: Charlie Smith
Sex workers marched with a police escort.

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