Is Prostitution Illegal? Strictly speaking, no. The act of prostitution is not illegal in Canada. Under the Criminal Code, exchanging money for sexual services is not a criminal offence. However, many of the activities that are commonly associated with prostitution are deemed to be criminal acts and are accounted for in the code. Dealing with prostitution or the solicitation of prostitution in the public realm is a criminal offence. If you have been apprehended during the act of solicitation for the purpose of a prostitution then you need to contact our criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers. We can prepare a defense on your behalf to mitigate the penalties or clear your name of these embarrassing prostitution or solicitation charges.
The associated offences in relation to prostitution and solicitation under section 213(1) state: an offence is committed by anyone in a public place who for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or of obtaining the sexual services:
- Stops or attempts to stop any motor vehicle,
- Impedes the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or
- Stops or attempts to stop any person or in any manner communicates or attempts to communicate with any person
Public place is further defined in this section as any place to which the public have access (by right or invitation, express or implied), and any motor vehicle located in a public place or in any place open to public view. The punishment will be determined by means of a summery conviction at the trial date. Prior to the trial, you need to contact our solicitation & prostitution lawyers to argue in your defense.
Are You Guilty of Sexual Exploitation?
Under section 153(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada, sexual exploitation and the associated penalties are accounted for. An offence is committed by any person:
- In a position of trust or authority towards a young person,
- Who is a person with whom the young person is in a relationship of dependency, or
- Who is in a relationship with a young person that is exploitative of the young person,
- Who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of the young person; or
- For a sexual purpose, invites, counsels or incites a young person to touch, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, the body of any person, including the body of the person who so invites, counsels or incites and the body of the young person.
The punishment for anyone guilty of sexual exploitation is liable for imprisonment for up to 10-years and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of 1-year.
Additionally, if you have been living on the avails of prostitution garnered from a person under eighteen, you are guilty of an indictable offence and are liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14-years. However, there will be a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of 2-years.
Contact our Prostitution Lawyers Today
If you have been charged with prostitution or solicitation then you need our legal defense. The experienced criminal lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers have successfully helped our clients in similar cases. The consequences of these criminal charges can be severe. Contact us today.