NIGERIA – A woman who sold a “nude” shirt made from her own body to a Canadian charity has been fined $1,500 by the province’s top court.
The woman, who has not been identified, made the shirt in Canada, a Canadian company, and used it to promote a charity fundraiser at the request of the woman’s mother.
“The shirt was designed to be a gift to the charity,” Justice Richard Fauci said at the hearing in a court filing last week.
But, according to the court, it did not meet the legal definition of clothing to be used as a gift, so it was a breach of a provincial code of ethics that prohibits the sale of a product that is not a gift.
A spokeswoman for the Alberta Human Rights Commission, Sarah Molloy, said in an email to CBC News that the case was “very serious and will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
“Our priority is the protection of all Alberta residents,” Mollow wrote.
“Any breach of this Code of Ethics will result in criminal prosecution.”
Fauci’s ruling comes as the Alberta government is reviewing a proposal to expand the province to cover a wider range of products.
In June, the province announced plans to introduce a uniform rule to ban clothing items made from human bodies, but not clothing made from plants, animals or parts of bodies.
Fausci’s decision could mean that Alberta’s ban on the sale and use of body parts will become more stringent, and it could result in a fine, if the woman is found to have broken the law.
Nigeria bans body parts from sale and other forms of consumption, and other countries including the UK, France and Germany have introduced similar rules.
Earlier this year, a British woman was fined $4,000 by a court in London after she was found guilty of selling a “body part” shirt that was made from the skin of another woman.
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