With Canadian laws on prostitution struck down, and currently in limbo, strip club owners want the federal government to let them operate brothels. Earlier this year, American brothel owner Dennis Hof (shown) said he'd like to open brothels in four Canadian cities.
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Legal brothels for Canada?


Strip club owners in Canada say they are looking to include brothels in their operations.

The idea is being pushed due to a Supreme Court ruling in December that unanimously struck down three important segments of Canada’s prostitution laws: laws that prohibit the operation of brothels, living off of the avails of prostitution, and communicating for the purpose of prostitution in public.

The case was argued successfully by three former and current sex-trade workers who said the laws violated their rights to a safe working environment.

The court ruling gave the federal government until December to address the situation. Although the current laws remain in place until then, many police forces have said they will not be persuing convictions until the situation is clarified

Meanwhile the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada (AEAC) announced this week that it will be conducting a study into allowing strip clubs in Toronto and surrounding region about providing “enhanced services” in separated areas in the bars.

Many Ontario strip club owners met this week and agreed to approach the federal government about allowing them to expand opearations to include brothels.

They have support from a Toronto City Councillor, Giorgio Mamoliti, who has argued that legal, licenced, and inspected operations are safer for all than the many illegal operations that exist

RCI report on Supreme Court Ruling

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11 comments on “Legal brothels for Canada?
  1. Katarina says:

    What is ‘unholy’? That it is sex or that there is money involved with sex?
    We live in an economy that requires money to support ourselves. Shelter, food, clothing, etc. If every one were created equal, could support themselves all equally, have all that they needed and wanted equally, maybe it would never have occurred to anyone to monetize sex… but it has been. We live in a free country. People have died fighting for us to have free will, free choice, free enterprise, and the freedom to express ourselves.
    Personally ‘selling’ myself in to marriage or to welfare (I know there are plenty more options, just making one point, there are so many that could be made) comes with its own price to be paid and hoops to be jumped through.
    Have a made my point…reading it over, probably not. It always seems just out of reach when I try to explain what I think and feel about prostitution, my sexuality, other people’s opinions, laws, do’s and do not’s, getting by and getting along in this world.
    I’m a good person. I’m doing the best I can with what I have and know. Keeping my home, taking care of my family, and contributing to our community seems like a good idea, if only it were easier and more enjoyable.
    No, I’m not a prostitute. I love sex though. Wish it could be something I could incorporate more easily in to my life and enjoy and share.
    Rather then take sex out of the equation, how about the need for money?!!? At the very least, take the harsh damning judgement out of the equation.

  2. James says:

    Legalizing brothels makes sense, you will never stop prostitution, (and it has been legal in Canada for a long time). So instead, they legalize it and then make “pimping” illegal. This keeps prostitutes from being victims of the pimps,(forced prostitution) and it puts them under the protection of the law, thus making their lives so much safer. Brothels are even better,The public benefits because prostitution can basically be “cordoned off” into designated areas, where if you don’t want to see it, don’t go there. Instead of in the streets or in random areas of cities where people live. Sex workers benefit by having safe areas with security in which to work. Making their lives even safer. I don’t recommend women choose prostitution as their line of work, but if they do, they should be safe, and I want to end forced prostitution, which you cannot achieve without legalizing prostitution and making laws that target only pimps, who are the real criminals.

  3. Johnson says:

    Cheaper at a private residence than club. Our basement has 4 rooms with 3 sound proof rooms plus washroom, our clients come over and for $50/ half hour or $90/ hour they enjoy themselves on a weekly basis. Lets see a strip club compare with those prices

  4. Pasha Rana says:

    Its such a shame, totally agreed with Peter
    this this unholy ‘profession’ is being recognized in Canada. To me, this is a crime and not a career!
    Canada can do way too better than this, IT’s a crime not a career….This will only encourage people to get into these kind of activities n make easy living. More problems for everyone.

  5. Edward Schweikert says:

    With laws to govern the profession. New job description “Biological therapist”. The government could collect taxes on it, and remove the tax burden from the “everyday tax payer”. We would have enough money for the retired pension, etc. I have always heard about the legalization of prostitution with safe guards; but, females would fear that it would remove marriage from their future. (That is why robots are not encouraged.)

  6. Peter Ashcroft says:

    I regret that this unholy ‘profession’ is being recognized in Canada. To me, this is a crime and not a career!

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  7. Edward Schweikert says:

    I always heard that prostitution is the second oldest profession next to God creation.