BC won't prosecute in prostitution cases
British Columbia has become the latest province to announce it will not prosecute most prostitution-related offences over last year's
ruling by Canada's highest court that the laws are unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the laws _ communicating for the purpose of prostitution, living on the avails and keeping a common bawdy house _ in December, but said they would stay on the books for a year to give the federal government time to bring in new legislation.
Neil MacKenzie a spokesman with the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch said prosecutors have studied the ruling and decided that any ongoing or prospective prosecutions will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
MacKenzie said the likelihood of prosecution will be strongest in cases where pimps, keepers of bawdy houses and customers have exploited the vulnerability of prostitutes.
He said only a couple dozen such cases are currently in the system, and the directives take effect immediately.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more BC News
- ATV to 'Slingshot' into productionKelowna - 6:52 pm
- Vernon millionaires can finally sleepVernon / N. Okanagan - 3:01 pm
- Kamloops retiree living a dreamKamloops - 4:29 pm
- Armed robberiesKelowna - 4:38 pm
Government of BC
Provincial Emergency Program
BC Health Guide