Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform v. Canada

16 August 2022

The EFC supported Canada’s current prostitution laws as an intervener in Ontario Superior Court in October 2022.

A sex worker rights group has launched a challenge of the prostitution laws in this case, known as Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform v. Attorney General of Canada.

The current prostitution law, known as the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA), was passed in 2014.

The EFC’s legal arguments (factum) point out that Parliament’s objective in passing PCEPA was to reduce the demand for prostitution. Parliament intended to discourage entry into prostitution, deter participation in it and ultimately abolish it to the extent possible. We argue that the act of purchasing sexual services is exploitative in and of itself and that the current laws protect human dignity and equality.

Please pray for the judge as he makes his deliberation.

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