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Prostitution is legal in Canada. However some laws regarding activities related prostitution make it almost impossible to work legally.


Criminal Code1)2)

Criminal Code criminalizes activities related prostitution and provides provisions such as prohibiting various types of assault and human trafficking. 


  • Provisions of illegal activities related prostitution include: 

- Keeping a bawdy house: Owning, Managing, leasing, occupying, or being found in a bawdy house.  

- Transporting anyone to a bawdy house.

- Procuring prostitution.

- Living on earnings of prostitution (The purpose of this law is to target pimps who receive a portion of a prostitute’s earnings.)

- Paying for sex with anyone under the age of 18.

- Street prostitution 

- Transporting someone for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation

  • Provisions of legal bases of human trafficking 

   ※ Penalties 

Minimum: 5 years imprisonment for trafficking a person under 18 years of age; 6 years imprisonment for trafficking a person under 18 where aggravating factors exist


Maximum: 14 years imprisonment of life imprisonment if the accused

kidnaps, commits an aggravated or sexual assault against, or causes death to the victim during commission of the offence. 



1) Criminal Code  Wikipedia, Prostitution in Canada 

2) Canada’s current prostitution politics, Canada’s current laws,



http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/C-46.pdf

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