Canada won't become a sex tourist hot spot: MacKay

Canada's Justice Minister Peter MacKay speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

Canada's Justice Minister Peter MacKay speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:49 PM ET

OTTAWA - Justice Minister Peter MacKay warns that Canada risks becoming another Bangkok or Vegas if the feds don't replace the prostitution laws struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in December.

"We do not want Canada to become a haven for sex tourism," MacKay told QMI Agency.

Last month, the highest court in the country ruled Canada's bans on brothels, communicating for the purpose of prostitution and living off its profits unconstitutional.

It also gave Parliament a year before those laws would be wiped off the books.

MacKay promises the Conservatives will fill the void with new legislation.

"There are many, many collateral damages that can result if we don't get this right," he said.

Right now, he says the government's focus is consultation.

"We're looking internationally at certain examples," MacKay said. "We're consulting broadly with the police, of course."

MacKay didn't provide a timeline for when new legislation would come before the House of Commons.


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