TORONTO, ON. (NEWS1130) – After more than nine months of deliberations and debates, Ontario’s Court of Appeal has nixed the law banning brothels.

The five-judge panel argued that the ban puts prostitutes in danger, saying they should be allowed to work under safe conditions indoors.

The court had been debating three major laws surrounding prostitution, and deemed two of three needed to be reworked.

The section involving keeping a common bawdy house was deemed unconstitutional in its current form, giving the government a year to rewrite the law so that is doesn’t violate the rights guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The court also decided to amend the ban on living off the avails of prostitution, changing it to apply only to those who do so under circumstances of exploitation.

However, the appeal court did not believe communication for the purposes of prostitution was unconstitutional, calling it a reasonable limit to our right of freedom and expression.

The court has extended the stay on the decision for 30 days, giving all sides time to consider their next options.

Katrina Pacey is with Pivot Legal Society and believes today’s decision is important, but is disappointed with the third part of the ruling.

“The communication law which targets street level prostitution was not unconstitutional. That law remains in force. Which, being in the Downtown Eastside as we speak to you today, knowing the level of violence that sex workers experience working street-level, knowing the impact of criminalization both in terms of their inability to screen clients because they are rushing into vehicles to avoid police detection, the level of displacement they experience, the way that criminalization puts them at odds with police, is a life and death situation,” stresses Pacey.

“We are going to, and are very committed, to fighting and continuing to fight for the communication law to be struck down,” she adds.

Sex workers like Susan Davis is disappointed with the decision to uphold the ban on soliciting for the purposes of sex. “There are still no jobs indoors, it will still be another year until this decision takes effect. It boggles the mind. Ten years, it feels like… longer I guess and just more waiting. How long do we have to wait?”