Bedford v. Canada: a paradigmatic case toward ensuring the human and health rights of sex workers

Article in HIV AIDS Policy Law Rev. 2011 Oct;15(3):1, 5-14.

The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits certain aspects of sex work: the keeping of a common bawdy-house, living off the avails of prostitution and communicating for the purposes of prostitution in a public place. These legal constraints impede sex workers' ability to practise their profession safely and without risk to their bodily integrity; they also impair their personal autonomy and can lead to their stigmatization. Bedford v. Canada is a groundbreaking case, since the applicants and intervening organizations seek to overturn aspects of Canadian law that specifically put the health and human rights of sex workers at risk.

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Galldin K, Robertson L, Wiseman C.