Reckless Endangerment: Q&A on Bill C-36: Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

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2014

In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decided that several parts of Canada’s Criminal Code dealing with prostitution are unconstitutional because they violate the rights of sex workers by undermining their health and safety. The Supreme Court decided that its ruling would take effect in one year’s time, at which point those unconstitutional parts of the law would no longer be in force.

In response, the federal government introduced Bill C-36 in early June 2014. This document answers key questions about what changes Bill C-36 would make to the law if it were passed: What conduct related to sex work would be prohibited? In what circumstances? Who could be prosecuted?

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Author: 
Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Jenn Clamen, Richard Elliott, Katrina Pacey and Tara Santini
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2014 Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Pivot Legal Society and Stella, l’amie de Maimie