It also punishes anyone involved in business with a sex worker, such as accountants or receptionists.
Both of these provisions — purchasing sexual services and receiving a material benefit from sex work — essentially make it illegal to run a bawdy house, despite the fact that this is widely accepted as one of the safest ways to conduct sex work.
The new laws have created a climate of fear and clients are afraid of providing personal information,” says Carmen, a sex worker in Vancouver who was interviewed as part of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform report.
PCEPA also amends the Criminal Code to create an offence that prohibits receiving a material benefit from sex work.
These meetings often occur after hours and out of public view.In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the highest court said the laws prohibiting bawdy houses, living off the avails of prostitution and communicating in public with clients infringed the rights of prostitutes by depriving them of security of the person.“The prohibitions all heighten the risk the applicants face in prostitution — itself a legal activity,” Chief Justice Beverley Mc Lachlin wrote in the decision.The decision noted that bawdy houses improve prostitutes’ safety by providing “proximity to others, familiarity with surroundings, security staff, closed-circuit television and other such monitoring that a permanent indoor location can facilitate.”The court noted that preventing sex workers from working in a safe indoor location is “grossly disproportionate to the deterrence of community disruption,” also noting that “Parliament has the power to regulate against nuisances, but not at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes.”Since the escort agency Jade was working for closed after PCEPA came into force in 2014, she operates alone and says she is more at risk than ever before.“I worked with agencies because it afforded me greater safety.Callers are aware that there is a driver with you and that you are part of a network of people who know exactly where you are.