Impose health rules on prostitutes: report


OTTAWA – A new report by the Canadian Public Health Association calls on the government to regulate the sex industry as a business.

The association makes the recommendation in a position paper released today.

It says sex work should be regulated under current occupational health and safety regulations.

The report comes after a new prostitution law went into effect on Saturday following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling last year that the old law violated the safety rights of prostitutes.

More than 60 groups across the country have called for a repeal of the new law, which criminalizes the purchase of sex, along with advertising and some forms of communication.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne added her voice to the debate this week, saying she has grave concerns about the statute.