Feds want your input on prostitution laws

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Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

OTTAWA - The feds are soliciting public input through a month-long online consultation on Canada's prostitution laws.

The consultation follows a December Supreme Court of Canada decision that gave the feds a year to re-write Canada's prostitution laws before many current provisions are wiped off the books.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay says he's seeking opinions in order "to ensure a legislative response to prostitution that reflects our country's values."

Until March 17, visitors to the Justice Department website can answer several questions, including whether they support criminal penalties for buying or selling prostitutes' bodies, and whether pimping should be allowed.

Conservative MP Joy Smith says this is a chance to speak out in favour of the so-called Nordic model - punishing johns and pimps, while helping prostitutes escape to a better life.

"I've met with Peter MacKay and he's very open," said Smith. "Any consultation like that, to my way of thinking, is very good."


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