Sex Workers Take Case to Supreme Court

The federal government has challenged a case brought before the Supreme Court of Canada by Vancouver representatives Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV), arguing that they do not meet the legal requirements for public interest standing. Because the plaintiff, Sheryl Kiselbach, is not being charged with any of the offenses in question and is no longer pursuing sex work, it can be argued that her rights are not being deprived.

“As far as I can tell, the federal government seems intent on maintaining Canada's prostitution laws despite the incredible violence and rights violations that they create,” said Vancouver lawyer Katrina Pacey, a representative for SWUAV.