Although prostitution isn’t illegal, many of its related activities are illegal. Three current or former prostitutes challenged those laws, arguing the laws prevented them from taking reasonable steps to make their working environment as safe as possible and reduce the risk of violence, such as hiring security guards. The lower courts in Ontario struck down the three laws. The Supreme Court of Canada agreed, ruling that these laws violated prostitutes’ Charter right to security. The prohibitions heighten the risks women face in prostitution, which is a legal activity. They also impose dangerous conditions on prostitution by preventing prostitutes from taking steps to protect themselves from these risks. And while the Court agreed that the government had the power to regulate against nuisances, it couldn’t do so at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes [Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford,  SCC 72 (CanLII), Dec. 20, 2013].