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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. In addition, Judge Thomas McKay said the ban on procuring sexual services also violates the charter.
Because the judgment is from a provincial court, it is not binding, and the law remains in effect unless an appellate court sides with McKay in the event of an appeal.
Nevertheless, a lawyer for one of the accused praised what he called the precedential decision. At issue are parts of the law enacted by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper in November after the previous law had been struck down. The new law criminalized the purchase of sex, and communication for that purpose. It also outlawed related advertising. Their business employed several adult women in the city.
Anwar set the fee schedule for clients and the business also maintained a code of ethics for clientele. The couple challenged the constitutionality of the legislation under which they were charged.
Among other things, they argued the law prevented sex workers from using third parties for protection, and stopped them from forming their own associations to look out for one another. They also argued the law violated their freedom of expression and their right to be free from unreasonable government interference. While the prosecution conceded the law infringes on the rights of those in the sex trade, it argued the violations were justified in a free and democratic society.