Overheard on CNN.com: Northward bound? Canadian province legalizes brothels
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March 26th, 2012
08:18 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Northward bound? Canadian province legalizes brothels

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

People always joke that they are going to move to Canada if XYZ happens. Turns out that the top court in the province of Ontario has legalized brothels, saying Canadian prostitution laws unfairly discriminate against prostitutes and their ability to work in safe environments. So our readers are contemplating whether to stay or go.

Canadian province of Ontario legalizes brothels in landmark ruling

This was the most-liked comment:

prairiedoc: "Our Canadian cousins seem to look at the world in more practical ways. While we have politicians who want to regulate woman's bodies, prohibit contraception and otherwise tell us what morality we're to follow or what we can or can't do in our homes, our northern friends have taken a bite out of crime by letting prostitutes legally ply their trade. Couple this decision with Canada's health care program and you have a country and government that makes the US seem to be in the dark ages!"

Some made comparisons to current affairs in the states.

RejctReligon: "Ontario legalizes brothels. The U.S. wants to regulate contraception ... Which country was founded on freedom again?"

There goes the neighborhood?

Guest: "I don't frequent prostitutes, or and it's not a profession I would want anyone in my family to be associated with, nor would I want a brothel in my neighborhood (a very practical consideration). However, it is, no doubt, true, that allowing brothels to operating legally will make prostitution, which will exist whether we want it to or not, safer."

thatguyhere1: "That's really the reasoning behind our original laws. The whole 'bawdy house' restrictions, and "solicitation" are about keeping up appearances and not being hassled by potentially unethical behavior. Nobody wants to have that sort of thing operating publicly next door, with giant signs and some guy handing out fliers in front. As for the act itself, Canada has never really been too active in preventing it, so long as you're not drawing too much attention, involving someone underage, or assaults/pimps are involved. They've been trying to get a red light district approved for quite some time, this is a step in the right direction."

Bruce33315: "An unanticipated result of not having such an establishment in one's local neighborhood could be the continuation of non-brothel prostitution in one's neighborhood, which is more prone to crime and so on than having a local establishment. As for property values, business and so on, they can only go up as the businesses prosper. Who would want to patronize a sleazy establishment? Competition in the business will improve general quality of venues, as the business goes upscale to compete with others."

Move to Canada?

sxj016: "I've visited Canada twice in my life. It's the greatest nation on earth. That's coming from a U.S. citizen. I'd give anything to be a Canadian."

Guest: "Get the heck outta here and go there then. What's stopping you?"

gweed123: "If Santorum wins the Republican nomination, and somehow wins the White House, I fully expect a surge in immigration applications to Canada. And yes, we would welcome you."

Chartreuxe: "It's fairly easy to emigrate to Canada. If you really want to move there and become a citizen, the process isn't difficult. What's with all the hate-ons about leaving the US? We have a huge number of American citizens who have dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. Educate yourselves. There's no need to be so foolish and ignorant."

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  1. leeintulsa

    it always cracks me up when countries with royalty on their money are more free than we are

    March 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • NortherThunder


      The fact that we have "royalty on our money" has zero bearing on our sovereignty. If you were better educated, you would know that.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      my.. harsh..

      did you miss where i said you were more free than i?

      just seems ironic, that's all. don't get your maple leaf in a bunch..

      would you rather i said people with freedom fighters on their money are less free than you? same dif.. eh?

      March 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Their health care system is a joke. With a govt run anything it's bound to be a catastrophe. The waiting for treatment for pretty much any kind of ailment is rediculous. Thats why they come to the USA for good quality treatment. Bombo help me out.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    I hope their national healthcare can handle all the new aids cases thatll be created!

    March 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      and you base that on what? vegas? holland? or just your telling people how to live?

      March 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Hey America 1st,been in one of our Fine hospitals lately.Took my son in an ambulance to one and waited over 6hrs for a doctor to see him,after that another 4 for a room .So for anyone to complain of countries spending less than 1/3 of their GDP for health care than we do,we look pretty sad in that department.And probably get lousier care than they do,that's also a medical fact.ACA if it loses,you can thank your republican corporate slaves,it'll start a nationwide escalation of insurance premiums that may never stop.Thank you SCOTUS,we need you like the clap,if you know what that means.Deregulation of the insurance companies will eventually bankrupt this nation,a great fact the republicans will sure be proud of...Beating ACA means beating Pres.Obama,I hope they're proud of their obstructionistic accomplishments,BRAVO MEATHEADS.Remember karma,what goes around,comes around,see ya in November....

      March 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I say, hooray for Canada!

    March 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    You're less likely to get HIV from a real pro than you are from an amateur.
    A professional's livelihood depends on it.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ann R. Key

    If you're going to Canada for this DO NOT TAKE GREYHOUND!!! They are incompetent ,rude, and a ridiculous waste of time and money!!! George W. Bush could run a bus company way better-and Bush was a complete failure at EVERYTHING HE DID!!! GREYHOUND SUX!!! This is one mangy mutt that needs to be put down immediately!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nsaidi

    Ha, thanks all for your comments. Meant to link to this story: http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/26/world/americas/canada-ontario-legalizes-brothels/index.html

    March 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ann R. Key

    Well I'm stuck in beautiful MOO-DESTO CALIFORNIA at the Greyhound station waiting for a bus that was supposed to be here 2 f-ing hours ago and all we get is misinformation and major rudeness from their employees(who are lucky to even have a job that so many others would kill to have and do much better at than the imbiciles I'm dealing with right now!) The counterperson tells me that the bus originates in LA but then tells my boyfriend's mother it's only coming from Fresno-Which is it??? Don't take GREYHOUND-The only driving they do is driving passengers crazy!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Sorry to hear your trip isn't going well. I've had a few travel adventures of this sort myself ...

      March 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ♔Mmmmm♕

    very dumb comments on this thread...surprise any woman would support this industry and its abuse of women, condoning dignigration of their personhood, as an commodity and object to be bought and sold...no matter how much it is legalized it attracts gang, mob and organized crime activity, predators that will prey on the community, serial murderers, human trafficking, illegal drugs, crime, and transmitted diseases, abortions, recruitment of troubled youth and underage, also corruption of local law enforcement and political leaders, etc

    March 27, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • CC

      We are letting women make their own choices on who "governs" their body. How is that exploitation? We are making it a legitimate business in order to keep women away from exploitation. WE are removing the gangs, mob and organized crime out of the equation. AS a women you are stupid to not support this. Do some research before posting comments please.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    @Mmmmm- I think you are speaking about a Vegas atmosphere. When you have something like the bunny ranch or chicken ranch I think you have less behind the scenes mob, preditors, human trafficking, drugs, and transmitted diseases. The girls are checked regularly for diseases. I agree with Joey. Hoe-rah for free society that is not hung up on their s3x u al side of being human.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      i disagree mom...it seems now the trend is to legalized the illicit...and somehow legalization will somehow make it okay...you can status a tree by its fruit...too many rotten apples on this tree...this trade was abusive even in ancient times...there's nothing free about licentiousness...that is one serious train that follows that trade. people who support this have little regard women.

      March 27, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Superman/climber

    Little regard for women is one thing, but giving a safe place for these women to work is a good thing, id rather see a brothel in operation than see these women on the street in MUCH worse conditions working, at least they are safe and can bail out any time they want! When was the last time any one has heard of a woman, being beaten or assaulted in a brothel? Plus if these eatablishments want they can start doing security screens of clients and not devulge the imfo to any one but law enforcement when neccessary. So if someone is an convicted rapist at one point or a predatory person then they can be picked up. Just because someone goes to a brothel does not mean they are an criminal at least these women will be safer here than in a motel room

    March 27, 2012 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    @Ken, agree to a point. America is great, if you make lots of money.....
    and don't get sick and/or if you have good private insurance....
    that doesn't get cancelled as soon as you lose your job, or get sick....
    and if you don't have kids, or they don't go to college....

    But I'm not kidding, America is great, but I still like the health care and education systems here, in spite of the flaws. I'd rather fix the system, rather than completely destroy it.

    And the rules on prost1tution are still not as open as Nevada, in case any horn dogs are planning any special trips to Ontario. And I agree, it would be much better if prost1tution did not exist. But realistically, that will never happen, no matter what the laws are. Too many customers.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I meant to say I agree with mmmmm. That doesn't often happen. BUT – we can't ever stop the trade. It would be like stopping sugar consumption, it's just impossible.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. I'm a Greyhound bus

    Here I am, I'm a Greyhound bus and I'll take you where you need to go. You can complain if you want, but I won't hear you because I'm a Greyhound bus.

    March 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Angelo

    Smart Move!

    March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |