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BAWDY-HOUSE, crim. law. A house of ill-fame, (q. v.) kept for the resort and unlawful commerce of lewd people of both sexes.
     2. Such a house is a common nuisance, as it endangers the public peace by drawing together dissolute and debauched persons; and tends to corrupt both sexes by an open profession of lewdness. 1 Russ. on Cr.; 299: Bac. Ab. Nuisances, A; Hawk. B. 1, c. 74, Sec. 1-5.
     3. The keeper of such a house may be indicted for the nuisance; and a married woman, because such houses are generally kept by the female sex, may be indicted with her husband for keeping such a house. 1 Salk. 383; vide Dane's Ab. Index, h. t. One who assists in establishing a bawdyhouse is guilty of a misdemeanor. 2 B. Monroe, 417.

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88) The SCC found that the object of the Bawdy-House Offence was "to prevent community harms in the nature of nuisance" (89) or to "combat neighbourhood disruption or disorder and to safeguard public health and safety.
A bawdy-house was any "place" that is "kept or occupied" or "resorted to" for the purpose of acts of prostitution, including the prostitution of one sex worker.
The bawdy-house provisions forced sex workers to engage in "out-call work" rather than working from an "indoor location" (41) where they were better able to ensure their own safety.
113) In the Prostitution Reference, the constitutional challenge failed: although the common bawdy-house and communication provisions had been found to infringe the right to liberty under section 7, the infringements were in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.
The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of both the bawdy-house and communicating provisions of the Criminal Code in the 1990 Prostitution Reference.
With respect to the bawdy-house provisions (aimed at nuisance, public health and safety), there is some real connection of the facts to the objective, and so the provisions are not arbitrary.
Though male bawdy-house patrons resisted such a concept, and struck out against those attempting to arrest them, they were also complicit, to some extent.
Stephen Petronio, for example, once cavorted in bawdy-house corsets and now sees gender issues in more universal terms.
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Bawdy-house owner Terri Jean Bedford and two sex-worker colleagues want laws against prostitution declared unconstitutional because the laws violate their Charter rights to security and liberty, guaranteed under Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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