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Dextoryer

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May 20, 2003
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I'm a little confused about the laws in vancouver about prostitution...could someone please explain what is legal what is not legal, with all the city council laws I'm now afraid to do and enjoy this hobby...so please let's talk about this and set things straight (no pun intended :D )

thank you!
 

sirlickheralot

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Mar 11, 2003
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Dextoryer said:
I'm a little confused about the laws in vancouver about prostitution...could someone please explain what is legal what is not legal, with all the city council laws I'm now afraid to do and enjoy this hobby...so please let's talk about this and set things straight (no pun intended :D )

thank you!
Prostitution itself is legal but soliciting in public, running a bawdy house, and even being found in a bawdy house are illegal. The chances of being arrested at an incall SP's place are extremely remote but technically it is possible. The chance of being arrested at a MP are slightly higher but still pretty remote. If you don't want to take any chances do outcall to your own place/ hotel.

The reason change is so slow is because the politicians are so wishy-washy and they don't know if they are coming or going. First council decides to allow Escorts to run incall from their home, then they reverse their decision. Now Larry Campbell is back to spewing platitudes about the need to make prostitutes safer. If they really cared about prostitutes safety they would give women places where they can perform their legal services without fear of police harassment.

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PiL

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sirlickheralot said:
Prostitution itself is legal but soliciting in public, running a bawdy house, and even being found in a bawdy house are illegal.
You forgot the "living off the avails of prostitution" part being illegal as well. While most clients usually don't have to worry about it, the owners who create outcall agencies so that the clients have less legal exposure are greatly worried about it (and keeping them in business helps the client, soooo....). So do the drivers who get paid from escorting funds or even landlords who know that incalls are going on in their building. I remember a case where a roommate got charged with "living off the avails" for accepting money from the SP for the sublet costs for living in the same apartment. Technically, any money received from someone who is an SP that cannot be directly traced to a legal source is fair game, although it is usually only used to prevent women from being exploited in sex slavery operations.

Another thing about public solicitation: while phone conversations are usually not included in this, if the call takes place in a public space where it can be overheard it can count as public solicitation. As such, the rulings concerning cars not being private extend to this and soliciting sexual services on a cell phone in your car or a pay phone is subject to charges. Again, not likely to be bothered but it comes down to not flaunting things in the face of LE and you will get along fine. There are lots of areas that could be legally used to charge clients, but discretion will keep most from being used.

PiL