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“The legislation cannot stand in the path of commercial sex workers who take steps to protect themselves and their health from violence or harm... The scheme created by Parliament, I find, does exactly that: grossly limits or prevents sex workers from taking steps to protect their health and safety. And in so doing, makes the allowed activity more dangerous.”
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But, she stressed, the ruling is just a partial victory.
It does not address other provisions in the act including banning the purchase of sex and communication for the purpose of purchasing sex, which makes it difficult for sex workers to screen clients who are trying to avoid detection, she said. The law also contributes to the stigmatization of sex workers and can encourage them to be seen as targets for violence, she said.