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B.C. will not prosecute most prostitution related offences: Crown

VANCOUVER - British Columbia has become the latest province to announce it will not prosecute most prostitution-related offences over last year's ruling by Canada's highest court that the laws are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the laws _ communicating for the purpose of prostitution, living on the avails and keeping a common bawdy house _ in December, but said they would stay on the books for a year to give the federal government time to bring in new legislation.

Several provinces not pursuing unconstitutional prostitution charges

TORONTO - A spokesman for Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General says Crown lawyers will "likely" not be prosecuting people under three prostitution laws struck down by the Supreme Court. Brendan Crawley says in a statement that the Crown will continue to prosecute prostitution offences that remain on the books, such as those involving people under 18 and human trafficking provisions.

Upper chamber would be ideal for study of prostitution laws: ex-police chief

OTTAWA - A former police chief turned senator says the upper chamber would be an ideal venue for a comprehensive study of Canada's prostitution laws. Vern White, formerly Ottawa's chief of police, says the time is right for a national conversation on how to regulate and legislate around the sex trade. The Supreme Court of Canada recently struck down Canadian laws that made it illegal to solicit sex on the street, run a brothel or live off the avails of prostitution.

Five things to know about the prostitution case decided by the Supreme Court

OTTAWA - Here are five things to know about Friday's Supreme Court of Canada ruling on prostitution: WHAT: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the key provisions of the country's anti-prostitution laws, banning brothels, solicitation and living off the avails are unconstitutional. ___ WHY: The justices ruled unanimously that these provisions violate constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security of the person. ___

Canada's high court strikes down curbs on prostitution

Canada's Supreme Court on Friday struck down key portions of a law that effectively criminalized prostitution by banning brothels and soliciting on the streets, declaring this disproportionate. But it stayed its ruling for one year to allow Parliament to consider whether or not impose other limits on where and how prostitution may be conducted. This case was "not about whether prostitution should be legal or not," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said in the landmark decision.

Dutch prostitutes demand footballers' pension perks

Dutch prostitutes want to enjoy the same retirement perks as professional footballers because they also do "difficult physical work" in the prime of their lives, their lawyer said Tuesday. "Footballers and prostitutes both do a difficult physical job that they cannot do their whole life," said Wil Post, a lawyer for Freya, a company that wants to take over a prostitution business in central Dutch city of Utrecht. "Men prefer young women: there always comes an age when prostitutes no longer get any work," she told AFP.

French parliament backs reform of law on prostitution

PARIS (Reuters) - The French parliament early on Saturday backed a reform of the country's prostitution law that will impose a 1,500-euro fine on anyone paying for sex. The bill will give France some of the toughest legislation on prostitution in Europe, similar to that of Sweden. Under the new bill, prostitutes' clients will become offenders while soliciting itself will no longer be considered a criminal offence.

Gov't to extend support for sex workers

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- The Cabinet approved a revised bill Tuesday to extend the period former prostitutes can stay in state facilities as part of efforts to beef up support for them. According to the bill, adult prostitutes will be allowed to stay up to two years in protection facilities, and adolescent sex workers can stay there until they turn 19. Currently, sex workers of any age can use such shelters for only up to one year.

Gov't to extend support for sex workers

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- The Cabinet approved a revised bill Tuesday to extend the period former prostitutes can to stay in state facilities as part of efforts to beef up support for them. According to the bill, adult prostitutes will be allowed to stay up to two years in protection facilities, and adolescent sex workers can stay there until they turn 19. Currently, sex workers of any age can use such shelters for only up to one year.

U.S. pondering whether to charge Alberta politician with soliciting prostitutes

EDMONTON - An Alberta politician arrested in the United States should find out by the end of the week whether he'll have to return south of the border to face a charge of soliciting prostitutes. Mike Allen, member of the legislature for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, was arrested Monday night by police in St. Paul, Minn., during a prostitution sting. He was in the city attending a midwestern legislative conference.
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