The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act came into effect over the weekend
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she has “grave concern” that new prostitution laws won’t protect sex workers, even though they came into effect because the old laws weren’t protecting them either.
On Sunday, the premier issued a statement about The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which came into effect over the weekend after months of debate in Ottawa.
Parliament was forced to enact new legislation after the Supreme Court ruled that prior prostitution laws were unconstitutional.
The government’s new laws criminalize the purchase, but not the sale, of sex. The laws also target those who profit from the sale of sex.