The Criminal laws regarding prostitution are actually 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. 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 requires a background check on each escort.
“Bawdy Houses” 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 14 of them, many of which advertise in free weekly newspapers, the yellow pages and internet message boards. The client must instigate the contact and arrange a date directly with the escort. The escort service runs from $150 to $250 an hour. The meeting must take place in the client’s own apartment home or hotel room –- no public places.
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.
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