Press Release: Vancouver Rape Relief awaits Supreme Court Decision on Canada’s Prostitution Laws

Friday, December 13, 2013

[VANCOUVER, B.C.] On Friday, December 20th, 2013 Canada’s highest court will announce its decision in the charter challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter—as part of the Women’s Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution—was granted leave to intervene in the case and earlier this year argued before the court that prostitution is both a reflection and reinforcement of women’s inequality.

The Women’s Coalition has argued to the Supreme Court of Canada that because the vast majority of women enter prostitution due to conditions of economic, social and racial inequality; laws that criminalize women involved in prostitution must be removed. However, laws that prevent men from buying, selling and profiting from women involved in prostitution are important protections that must be retained.

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is Canada’s first rape crisis centre, operating a 24 hour rape crisis line and transition house for battered women and their children. In the past year alone, Vancouver Rape Relief responded to 1,200 women escaping male violence including rape, battering and prostitution.

Hilla Kerner – Spokeswoman for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter will be available for comment in the coming days.

For further information: Contact Hilla Kerner at 604-872-8212 or [email protected]