Prostitution is legal.PiL said:For those who are legally challenged, there is no way that a by-law can supercede a federal law. All this story says is that they are changing a *by-law* to make it legal at the municipal level.
The Vancouver police have no choice but to enforce the law (since they can be taken to task for not fulfilling their lawful duties) and if they were to be directed otherwise by the city and they actually listened, they would likely find the province pulling rank to have them enforce the law (since they allow cities to have money to spend on programs and it is the *province* that pays the police bills). And even if the province could be convinced to not enforce the law so unevenly as to only be in Vancouver, the RCMP are fully within their rights to enforce federal law and, coincidentally, charge the city of Vancouver directly for their specialized and grossly expensive services. If the city refuses to pay, they just get less in the form of transfer payments from provincial/federal sources. So you see, your city council really has no such power as you seem to be ascribing to them.sirlickheralot said:Since the Vancouver Police Department is responsible for enforcing the laws in Vancouver and they depend on Financing from the city to operate do you really think they would bite the hand that feeds them?
If you read my post, I never insinuate differently.Groo39 said:Prostitution is legal.
Solicitation is not.
Running a "bawdy house" is not.
Please read the definition as posted by Oberon. A bawdy house is any place continually used for prostitution (although he left out the part that it must be more than once). Busts have taken place across Canada that involve one woman working in one apartment so it is by no means an immunity. The illusion of immunity exists because police generally only bust incalls that violate other laws as well (drugs, minors, etc.). In that respect, most incalls are *generally* safe.....but how sure are you about what goes on in that incall you are going to beyond the hour you are there? Is it worth the risk of a bust? Personally, I willingly take that risk all the time but I also feel it is important that others become fully aware of the implications of their actions before doing something that can end in a "found in" conviction. Incalls are *always* illegal at all times in all provinces of Canada and people need to be aware of that.However, my understanding is that a "bawdy house" has more than one SP working. As far as I know, it has always been legal for an SP to work out of her home, but most don't want the clients knowing where they live (for obvious reasons.)
I think a grey area shows up if you rent a place just for doing business and don't actually live there, as most incalls do.
Yes, but therein lies the gray area -- how often does it have to be used to be "continuous"? Remember prostitution is legal. That implies that it has to be legal for the session to occur somewhere.PiL said:
A bawdy house is any place continually used for prostitution (although he left out the part that it must be more than once).