How are Canadian laws concerning sex workers likely to change in the future?

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The main change happening in Canadian laws concerning sex workers is a shift from a desire to eliminate the industry to an emphasis on the safety of the sex workers themselves and their clients. There are several aspects of regulation under discussion, many based on Nordic models. First, a major concern is preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and increasing regulation is likely in this area. Second, the notion of safe havens is likely to replace outmoded laws against brothels in order to establish contexts for safe provision of sexual services. Finally, one can expect increasing regulatory focus on balancing the Charter rights of the workers with issues of personal safety for workers and clients, moving from a philosophy of outlawing to regulating sex work and from zero tolerance to harm reduction.


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