Canada Court Legalizes Brothels in Landmark Ruling

Ontario’s top court has legalized brothels, saying Canadian prostitution laws unfairly discriminate against prostitutes and their ability to work in safe environments.

A panel of five judges wrote that the law banning common bawdy houses “is grossly disproportionate” if all it aims to do is keep public order in a neighborhood and maintain public health standards.

“The record is clear that the safest way to sell sex is for a prostitute to work indoors, in a location under her control,” the judges wrote in a much anticipated ruling. “The impact on those put at risk by the legislation is extreme,” the judges added.

However, the court stopped short of allowing prostitutes to openly solicit customers on the streets. The court ruled that prohibiting solicitation remains a “a reasonable limit on the right to freedom of expression.”

Supporters of the ruling said the laws governing prostitution in Canada would now have to change: “Any form of criminalization pushes the industry underground and gives opportunities to predators. You can see it through the world,” said Nikki Thomas, executive director of Sex Professionals of Canada.

The judicial panel ruled that the changes should not take affect for at least one year, allowing the government to amend its criminal code. Any of those changes would apply to the entire country, not just the province of Ontario. But the Canadian government released a statement saying it was now weighing its legal options.

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Three Women Charged of Raping Men

Three women in Zimbabwe who have been accused of raping at least four men were charged with 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault. Police officials in Zimbabwe believe the alleged perpetrators are part of a nationwide syndicate that may be using the sperm for a traditional ritual claiming to make people lucky and wealthy.

They were apprehended in a town about 170 miles outside of the capital city of Harare after police found 31 used condoms in their car. At least nine men have come forward with similar stories of being attacked. One of the alleged victims told his story on a popular national talk show called Maichiamba. He said he was raped after accepting a car ride from the women.

“One of the women threw water in my face and they injected me with something that gave me a strong sexual desire. They stopped the car and made me have sex with each of them several times, using condoms,” he said. “When they had finished they left me in the bush totally naked.” He said he went to the hospital to be treated for the drug’s effects and called the police.

“I’ve noticed that the men who have come forward are really traumatized…” Kelvin Hazangwi, National Director of the Padare Menâ’s Forum on Gender, tells  “Some of them, their partners left them and they could not go back to their families…”

The women have denied the charges, claiming they are prostitutes and did not have time to dispose of the condoms. Cousins Rosemary Chakwizira, 24, and Sophie Nhokwara, 26 told local media that since being out on $300 bail, they’ve been in hiding after having their lives threatened.


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