Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Ontario’s top court has legalized brothels in the Canadian province, a ruling that is meant to protect the safety of sex workers.
The landmark decision taken Monday, decided that the dangerous work of prostitution could be made more safe if it occurred under one roof with security staff, reported the Globe and Mail.
The Appeals Court of Ontario said that some of the country’s anti-prostitution laws were unconstitutional as they restricted the prostitute’s ability to protect themselves — a ruling already made by a lower court in 2010 but appealed by the provincial and federal governments.
The court also said that it would re-model the law against pimps, which prohibits living off the work of others by adding “in circumstances of exploitation,” reported PostMedia News.
This is thought to allow violent or manipulative pimps to be arrested, while permitting prostitutes to be able to hire drivers and security staff for their safety.
Prostitution is legal in Canada with many caveats.
According to the Associated Press, while sex work might be legal, soliciting sex and operating a brothel are both criminal acts.
While the latter provision was struck down, the court upheld the ban on soliciting sex in public.
According to the National Post, the new laws will likely prompt similar challenges in other provinces around the country.
The case was brought forward by an appeal by the provincial and federal governments, which opposed the earlier lower court ruling.
The case took nine months of deliberation and a week of oral arguments with more than 25,000 pages of evidence, according to the National Post.
Witnesses at the hearings included current and former prostitutes, police, activists, politicians and journalists.
Both sides said they will take their case to the Supreme Court of Canada if they lost.
The new laws, which will be binding in Ontario, will come into effect next year.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.
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