The legality of prostitution is being hotly debated in Canada right now. When the Supreme Court recently struck down the few remaining laws that restricted activities associated with prostitution (operating a bawdy house, living off the avails of prostitution, and public solicitation), prostitution went form pretty much legal to fully legal.
In doing this, the court left the Canadian Government with a big choice: (i) leave the status quo in place, which is full legal prostitution with now laws associated; (ii) develop a legal framework from the ground up that criminalized prostitution (the Nordic Model); or (iii) allow prostitution to remain legal, but regulate it (the Dutch Model).
The Canadian government, with its conservative, religious base has been leaning toward criminalization. But today, the country’s national newspaper – The Globe and Mail – came out with an editorial position that this is the wrong move. The Globe, a right of centre, small c conservative newspaper, has come out in support of the Dutch Model, that would see prostitution remain legal but regulated.
A bold, and smart move, in my opinion.