Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution

Carol Leigh, a long-time sex worker and advocate for decriminalizing prostitution, poses for a photograph in her office in San Francisco, California July 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Carol Leigh, a long-time sex worker and advocate for decriminalizing prostitution, poses for a photograph in her office in San Francisco, California July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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Canada’s Supreme Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws

  A woman, who requested to withhold her name, holds a sign during a rally at Allan Gardens park to support Toronto sex workers and their rights in Toronto, Friday Dec. 20, 2013. Canada's highest court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other measures made their profession more dangerous. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mark Blinch)

Canada’s highest court struck down the country’s anti-prostitution laws Friday, finding they violated sex workers’ right to life, liberty, and security. Here, a woman holds a sign in a rally to support sex workers in Toronton on Friday.     Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP

The unanimous decision — a victory for sex workers who had argued that some measures made their profession more dangerous — found that bans on brothels and street solicitations were unconstitutional. Canada’s Parliament has one year to respond before the decision takes effect.

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