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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

2010 Olympics To Feature Extra Pole-Vaulting

A group of Canadian "sex trade workers" (you know, hookers) are fighting for the legal right to incorporate their co-op brothel. They want to get this done in time for the 2010 Olympics in Vancover so they can having people shouting "Oh, Canada" in at least 35 languages:

Brothels are illegal in Canada, but the country's prostitution laws have recently been challenged in the court as unconstitutional. Prostitution itself is legal, however solicitation, procuring or living off the avails of prostitution can land you in jail.

The group hopes to win an exemption from Parliament by showing it would be safer to have prostitutes work in a single facility in Vancouver that they control, rather than plying their trade on the streets.

The Conservative federal government has warned it will oppose the effort, which critics have said will only perpetuate the idea that prostitution is acceptable.

It took the group six months to draft a business plan and bylaws for the organizations, but it had no trouble from the British Columbia provincial government getting incorporated, [brothel spokeswoman Susan] Davis said.

That was probably the most relaxing lobbying session those provincial government officials ever had. The rest of the story is here.

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