Information About Windsor Canada's Legal Prostitution

No Bawdy Houses, Solicitation, or Public Places

Windsor Ontario
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The Criminal laws regarding prostitution are set by Canada’s Parliament, the Federal Government, and every Canadian citizen is bound by them even when traveling abroad. While the actual act of sex for money is not illegal in Canada (and hasn’t been since the 1800s), the victimization of women and minors, as well as the practice of prostitution in public places, is illegal. Procurement is also illegal.

Prostitution is further limited or controlled through provincial and municipal nuisance laws, zoning and bylaws. Cities also attach requirements to business licensure of escort services. For instance, Windsor, Canada requires a background check on each escort.

Current laws on prostitution, introduced by the Conservative government in 2014, make it illegal to purchase sexual services. Oddly enough, it is legal to sell sexual services, but in some cases, it is illegal to solicit in public.

Legislation took effect on December 6, 2014, which made the purchase of sexual services illegal after legislation passed in 2013 by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court declared unconstitutional the laws prohibiting brothels, public communication for the purpose of prostitution, and living on the profits of prostitution thus switching the criminal aspects of prostitution to the purchaser of the services rather than the prostitute.

In 2014, as a result of the legislation, a new law, the "Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA)," was introduced that makes it illegal to purchase sexual services, but not to sell them.

Windsor Escorts

“Bawdy Houses,” or brothels, that procure women for prostitution on the premises and street solicitation are not allowed in Windsor but licensed escort services are allowed. In fact, there are over ten of them, many of which advertise in free weekly newspapers and on internet websites. The client must instigate the contact and arrange a date directly with the escort. The escort service runs from $150 to $250 or more an hour. The meeting must take place in the client’s own apartment home or hotel room—no public places.

John Shaming

Because provinces and municipalities do not have the jurisdiction to outlaw prostitution directly and Canadian courts have struck down some licensure requirements and bylaws as discriminatory, some Canadian municipalities have worked to curb prostitution through John-shaming tactics. John-shaming can include posting the names of people charged with street prostitution offenses and photos of cars frequenting solicitation areas. Windsor is not known to specifically engage in this practice.

Crossing the Border from the U.S.

Windsor is very close to Detroit. In fact, it is actually directly South of Detroit. You must pass through the Canadian Border to reach Windsor, Ontario. While prostitution has been termed "legal-ish," it is important to know Canadian law and weigh the consequences of using an escort service.

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