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Prostitution empowered women

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Prostitution Empowered Women in the Wild Wild West

Did you know that back in the 1800’s just as America was starting to bring in tons of men to settle in the West, that brothels were sooo common, that many times the women made more money than the men?

Back then, prostitutes (or the madams) had a lot of clout and no one looked down on them like they do today.

These women even invested their money into businesses and schools, thereby building these work camps into small American towns.

It wasn’t until afterward that men and women (the religious fanatics) didn’t like all these women having power, so they made prostitution illegal.

Because of their illogical controlling anti female decision, America is the ONLY first world country in the entire world that vilifies the prostitution or escort industry. This close minded judgemental puritanical mentality has created a stigma against women, degraded them and many women have to work as escorts and prostitutes in secrecy.

This of course harms all the parties involved in this industry making it dangerous and attracting criminals. Not to mention the financial drain it puts on your tax dollars.

Just like with the illegalization of marijuana and the “war on drugs” it puts a HUGE drain on society trying to get rid of an industry that has been around even LONG before the 1800’s.

These vice task forces go after all of these people who are all consenting adults, not to mention the money spent on the trials and incarcerating people along with vicious criminals.

Watch this video to get an insight look at how back in the 1800’s, prostitution helped everyone who touched the industry.


Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Sex traffiking and the super bowlEvery year government officials come up with ominous predictions about the supposed increase in sex trafficking that goes on leading up to and during the Super Bowl. But is there really any correlation between sex trafficking and the Super Bowl? The only connection seems to be in the minds of certain officials. A couple years ago Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the Super Bowl “is commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.” Commonly known to whom, though?

Predictably the NFL’s spokespeople refute this claim as nothing more than an urban legend – and the numbers seem to indicate that that is exactly what it is. For instance, when the Super Bowl was in Dallas in 2011, there were no arrests for sex trafficking made around Super Bowl time. The following year, only two such arrests were made in Indianapolis. And the year after that, in New Orleans, again there were only two such arrests made. So in terms of numbers, there certainly doesn’t seem to be much correlation.

In fact, even the esteemed anti-sex trafficking group, the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women found the claims of a connection between sex trafficking and the Super Bowl to be without merit. In a 2011 report, they wrote, “This simplistic equation relies on problematic assumptions about masculinity, business practices within the sex industry, sex workers’ capacity to take action, and the root causes of trafficking. After studying reports from the Super Bowl as well as from the Olympics and the World Cup, GAATW’s report concluded that there was no correlation between an increase in sex trafficking and the Super Bowl – or any other major sporting event, for that matter.

So what is behind these allegations about human trafficking at the Super Bowl? It seems like there’s a good chance it’s really just a ruse to crack down on escorts and sex workers. Although it is difficult to study whether there is a correlation between an increase in prostitution and the Super Bowl, one thing that some people have observed is that there is a distinct increase in Craigslist and other online advertisements by escorts just before the Super Bowl in the region where the Super Bowl is being hosted in a given year. So there may be an increase in prostitution during the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean that there is an increase in sex trafficking during the Super Bowl. After all, if there’s an increase in advertisements for day labor jobs during the Super Bowl, you wouldn’t assume that was an indication that there was an increase in human slavery.

Given the evidence, it seems like the claims about a correlation between sex trafficking and the Super Bowl are just a ruse to trick human rights activists into supporting the increased police presence that results in the arrest of more escorts and sex workers. This tale about an increase in sex trafficking during the Super Bowl is a dirty ploy because it is used to distract helpful human rights activists from real instances of human rights violations by passing off regular sex work as sex trafficking. This tall tale about the Super Bowl being a sex trafficking magnet is complete baloney. It’s an excuse to turn the nation’s attention to arresting a few extra sex workers – and focusing the public’s attention on such a trivial issue is shameful at a time when the nation has so many more serious issues on which it should be focusing.

Canadian Supreme Just Struck Down Prostitution Laws

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Canadian JusticeIn a unanimous 9-0 decision announced on December 20, 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down prostitution laws. Technically prostitution was always legal in Canada, but in reality a set of prostitution-related laws made it difficult to practice sex work safely without being arrested.

Specifically, there were three prostitution-related laws that this case – brought to the Supreme Court by three former sex workers – targeted.

  • First, before this decision, it had been illegal for anyone to earn money off the avails of prostitution. In plain terms, that meant that no bodyguards, drivers, or legitimate agents or managers could earn money off of sex work. Although that law was intended to target pimps, it was broad enough that it also targeted those who could help keep sex workers safe.
  • Second, brothels had been illegal. Brothels would have offered a safer working environment for those in the sex trade, but because they were illegal, workers ended up seeing clients in their homes or working on the street.
  • Third, communication about exchanging sex for money in public had been illegal. Again, that encouraged sex workers to bring complete strangers into their homes without any back-up or personal safety measures.

The court’s decision struck down all three of these laws in their December decision. In her decision statement, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin wrote, “These appeals and the cross-appeal are not about whether prostitution should be legal or not. They are about whether the laws Parliament has enacted on how prostitution may be carried out pass constitutional muster. I conclude that they do not.” Elsewhere in her decision, McLachlin wrote some things that were extremely sympathetic to the realities faced by sex workers in Canada. She acknowledged that sex worker safety needs to be a higher concern for the law and said, “Parliament has the power to regulate against nuisances, but not at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes.”

The way in which these laws had impacted the safety of sex workers had become a much more pressing issue in the aftermath of serial killer Robert Pickton. Pickton, a British Columbian pig farmer, murdered somewhere between 6 and 49 women – mostly sex workers – between 1983 and 2002. At the height of the Pickton killings, one British Columbian brothel that had functioned as a safe house for the area’s sex workers was closed due to criminal charges. The Pickton killings – and the way in which the elimination of these three laws could have saved lives back then – were on the forefront of everyone’s mind when finally the Canadian Supreme Court struck down prostitution laws.

The result of this wonderful high court decision is that, until things get ironed out, certain Canadian police departments aren’t prosecuting any prostitution-relation charges. Ultimately, though, Canadian police might not ever be enforcing prostitution-related laws again; if Parliament doesn’t redraft the law in the next year, then all three of those related activities will become entirely legal. That means that operating a brothel, running an escort agency, and openly advertising for sexual services are activities that will all be legal. Beware, though, that there is also the unfortunate possibility that Parliament could choose to enact even stricter laws – but let’s just keep our fingers crossed that that doesn’t happen.

Saskatoon Licensing the Escort Industry

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

This is definitely a positive step, especially because Saskatoon is a smaller city.


The City of Saskatoon’s adult service licence is now officially in place after city council approved a zoning plan that covers where escort agencies and massage parlours can locate.

The contentious licence, which was approved in March, came into effect July 1, but was delayed until council made a decision Wednesday outlining where such adult service agencies are allowed to set up shop.

After a public hearing, council unanimously approved a city report that allows legal adult service agencies to set up in industrial areas.

The businesses won’t be allowed within a city block of parks, schools and homes under the bylaw. The businesses will be required to set up at least one block from each other to avoid “clustering.” Individual escorts can set up as a home-based business, but can’t have clients into the home and can have a maximum of one employee.

The buffer will allow adult service agencies to locate in industrial areas.

Alan Wallace, planning and development manager for the city, said the 160-metre or one-block buffer would limit the options to a few blocks of each industrial area inside the city.

Saskatoon has a number of smaller industrial areas inside the city, including Sutherland, Mayfair and King George.

If the buffer was increased to 500 metres, the adult service businesses would only be able to locate in the north industrial area, Wallace said.

“By increasing (the buffer) you start to squeeze out any potential location options,” Wallace said. “We think a 160-metre separation is adequate while maintaining a suitable range of locations without restricting adult services to one area of the city.”

The proposal received support from the local chapter of REAL Women of Canada, but with a note of caution.

“For the zoning bylaw to be effective, it is crucial police maintain a constant presence where adult services locate to prevent locations from becoming a (hive) for criminal activities,” said Cecilia Forsyth, president of the Saskatchewan chapter of the organization.

“These illegal activities will flourish in isolated areas unless a strong police presence is maintained there. There has to be regular foot patrols rather than intermittent (vehicle patrols). It must be clearly established that adult service zones are under the strict control of the police so as to deter criminal elements from taking over these areas.”

Ty Mackenzie, pastor at Lawson Heights Alliance Church, questioned licensing such businesses and advocated a Nordic model, which targets johns rather than sex trade workers.

“As men we need to stand up in every walk of life and say it is not acceptable to allow women to be purchased,” Mackenzie said.

Council approved licences for adult service agencies and individual escorts earlier this year in order to give police more tools to check up on the age and circumstances of those involved and work on prevention.

Prostitution is not a criminal offence in Canada, although certain aspects of it are illegal, such as living off the avails of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy house and communicating in a public place for the purpose of prostitution.

The bylaw defines an adult service as “any service of an adult nature appealing to or designed to appeal to erotic or sexual appetites or inclinations.”

An adult service agency licence will cost $500 and an additional $200 for each renewal. The licence will cost $250, plus $100 for each renewal, for an adult service agency operated by an individual, adult service performers – the people actually providing the adult service to another person – and adult service workers, such as drivers and receptionists.

To get a licence under the new bylaw, a person will be required to provide government-issued photo identification proving he or she is over the age of 18, supply proof of citizenship or residency status and undergo a criminal record check.

The city will not enforce the bylaw right away, giving a grace period for escorts, erotic dancers and other workers to get a licence.

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Unfortunately once again they “assume” that just because there’s escorts & escort agencies, there is going to always be criminal activity.

There is crime everywhere, if it was ONLY seen where escorts & escort agencies congregate, there would be no crime anywhere else.

Once again they are confusing pimps & hookers with escorts & escort agency owners & unfortunately society does the same thing, especially since there are too many pimps & hookers who “claim” they are escort service owners & escorts.



Adult Entertainers bounced at border

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

This includes bringing in escorts to work for you escort agency…

Ottawa has slammed the door shut on all foreign sex trade workers seeking work in Canada.

Border services officers have been told to stop processing work permits as of July 14 in which women are destined for employers where “there are reasonable grounds to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation.”

“Strip clubs, escort services and massage parlours are considered business sectors where there are reasonable ground to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation,” according to a confidential July 13 bulletin from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that was obtained by the Toronto Sun.

The “ministerial instructions” tells hundreds of airport and land border officers that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada are instructed to issue negative Labour Market Opinions to applications received from “sex trade-related businesses.”

It said officials of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada are also instructed not to process sex-trade related applications.

The memo said border officers cannot collect fees for applications and the rules apply to all foreign workers from cooks to supervisors who are working in a “sex-related business.”

Officers are being warned that women bound for the sex trade may try to slip in as visitors.

They “should be examined for possible misrepresentation,” the officers were alerted.

The memo said workers coming here to toil in trades that are regulated or certified by provincial bodies can obtain a visa, and those include workers of massage therapy clinics.

And, starting July 28 some open work permits will be stamped with the condition: “Not valid for employment in businesses related to the sex trade, such as strip clubs, massage parlours and escort services.”

“The condition informs the holder that employment in this sector is not permissible,” the bulletin states, adding that employers can be held responsible for hiring someone who is not allowed to work in the sex trade.

Tim Lambrinos, of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, said the ban on foreign dancers is being challenged in court.

“Many of the dancers say they are not at risk in Canada,” Lambrinos said. “This law is very unfair against them and us.”

Toronto strip club owners said the ban will create a shortage of dancers in this city.

The controversial stripper visa dates back to 1998 and allowed hundreds of foreign dancers into the country each year. There were 660 dancers admitted in its heyday in 2001. Most were from Eastern Europe. All they had to do was provide a Canadian job offer from a strip club and prove they were qualified to dance.

Only about 100 of these visas have been renewed each year since 2006.

Support for the program plummeted ever since former Liberal immigration minister Judy Sgro resigned in 2000 after facing accusations that she fast-tracked a stripper who worked on her election campaign. It turned out the dancer was issued a special residency permit in a scandal called “Strippergate.”



News Brief For Escort Agencies and Independents in Canada

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Progressive Escort Industry News Concerning the Laws for Advertising and Business Operations

While we don’t consider escorts to be sex workers or prostitutes and we feel there is a clear distinction between the two professions, we acknowledge that escorts almost always have to be open minded because men are seeking full companionship. Like in most intimate relationships, there is usually an element of intimacy.

For this reason, the overturning of the laws associated with prostitution (not prostitution itself since prostitution was never illegal in Canada) is crucial to the advancement of the escort industry.

We would have preferred that the plaintiffs be escorts instead of sex workers aka prostitutes, but since that is not the situation, we can only deal with what we have.

For this reason, we encourage all people who are in favour of the escort industry (escorts, escort agency owners, clients of escorts, friends and family of people who work in the escort industry, or just supporters in general) to sign our petitions while this topic is HOT!

The laws on the books now (mostly written in the 1960s, some much earlier)

Canadian law presents a paradox when it comes to prostitution.  While the act of prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada, the law severely restricts the manner in which prostitution may be practiced.  The laws were originally intended to reduce the blight (negative impact on neighborhoods) caused by street prostitution and to protect women from the violence and control of pimps. Unfortunately they have had the unfortunate effect of rendering any organized escort service illegal regardless of the improvements they provide both in the areas of safety and normal business operations.  In fact, government leaders have expressed no need to criminalize prostitution, since in virtually every case one or all of the following parties (the escort service owner, the escort herself, or the customer who hires her) has violated the law in some way when any act of prostitution occurs.

The primary laws that affect the business operations of escort services and independent escorts are the following:

  • Communicating for the purpose of prostitutionThis law is intended to curb street prostitution and customers propositioning women on the street which prevents any kind of solicitation in a public place.

    Courts have interpreted the “public place” requirement to mean any offers or soliciting that takes place on the street, in a public establishment such as a casino or hotel bar, or anywhere that involves one party in a vehicle while the other party is outside.

    Places and means of communication that have been held acceptable (not) “public” for purposes of this law are:  Hotel rooms, private homes, when both parties are within the same vehicle, direct telephone, text or e-mail communication, and any location where both parties would otherwise have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

    “Communicating” generally does not include print or internet advertising, but is acceptable if done by the prostitute, not third parties such as escort agencies or others operating on her behalf.  Most law enforcement agencies in Canada believe that except in areas where escort agencies are allowed and regulated (generally in BC), virtually any advertisement by an escort service violates this law.

  • Keeping or being within a “Bawdy HouseAgain, intending to curb neighborhood blight and concentrations of prostitutes -  the laws prohibit most forms of incall prostitution, whether involving the woman’s home or regular use of some other premises such as a particular hotel.

    Hotel operators or landlords with knowledge of prostitution activities taking place on their premises may be prosecuted, as well as others “found within” such premises who have knowledge of what is happening there.  Examples would include domestic partners and roommates.

  • Living off the profits (avails) of prostitutionThis law essentially makes it a crime for anyone other than the prostitute themselves to profit from the act.  Designed to protect women from street pimps, the law operationally makes the business of running an escort agency illegal since generally speaking, escort agencies share the fees paid by agency customers along with the escort and others.  If the escort agency owners know (or reasonably should know) that acts of prostitution are occurring, then receiving money is considered living off the avails of prostitution.

    This applies whether the money comes directly from the escort agency’s customers, or from the escort herself with the escort agency retaining some portion of the proceeds.

    As the law stood, it does not matter if the money being split with the escort service owner’s is to cover operating costs, driver’s fees, advertising, etc. Bottom line, any escort service owner or any non-escort support staff who receives earnings from acts of others’ prostitution falls under this law.

These laws combine to severely restrict the ability of escort agencies to advertise their services and create a difficult scenario where an escort service must adopt a business image similar to their counterparts in the United States.  In the US escort services can only operate by clearly advertising that the transaction is not for sex at all, but only for the time and companionship of the escort.

Escort agency owners must disclaim any knowledge of what happens between the escorts and the customers therefore potentially increasing the risk of harm to everyone involved (the escort, the escort agency owner and support staff).

Most escort services contractually prohibit their escorts from engaging in sex acts with customers for money and this denial increases the following:

  • the likelihood of disease
  • society feels it has carte blanche to make fun of, judge and degrade anyone involved in the escort industry
  • deep emotional scarring on the psyche of the escort – the denial of the reality of the escort industry convinces escorts and those around them that they are doing something morally and criminally wrong. This extreme stress leads to drug and alcohol abuse and most everyone hiding from society and living in fear. Stress and fear is no humane way to live life.
  • welcomes and encourages criminals into the escort industry and
  • potential physical harm to both the escort or the client (although it’s on the very low end of the scale, escorts who are raped or physically abused by clients or their buddies don’t often go to the police. Instead of being forced into only providing outcalls where the premise is unknown to the escort, if escorts and escort agency owners were free to provide incalls, there would be less potential harm to the escort.)
  • armed robbery of either the escort’s money or the escort agency’s money
  • extorting (blackmailing) money from either the escort or the escort agency owner (examples of who extorters is the mafia, biker gangs, dirty cops, etc.)
  • some customers think they can abuse escorts physically, sexually and emotionally because the escort industry is closeted and cloaked in shame. Studies have never been done to determine how many escorts are raped or gang raped because people think “they have it coming”

In order to comply with the law, escort agencies in Canada seeking to advertise whether over the internet or in print media, will need to take a purely “money for time and companionship” stance in their communications.  Independent escorts are generally not held to these standards.  In Canada there are ample examples of individual escorts advertising in print media and on the internet stating specific acts and prices.  In Canada, almost everything that involves third parties then becomes a crime.

The Great News Regarding Changing the Prostitution Laws

On September 30, 2010, Judge Susan Himel of the Ontario Superior Court, the highest Court in Ontario, ruled in a case involving three current or former sex workers who self-identify primarily as street prostitutes.

The judge stated that the three criminal laws outlined above violate the Canadian Constitution in various respects.  Essentially the Court’s findings determined that these laws impaired the ability of women to safely practice prostitution (a legal occupation in Canada) and operate as legitimate businesses.

How this helps the escort industry:

  • if it is no longer illegal for a third party to accept proceeds from an act of prostitution, escort services will be able to operate openly and without the legal fiction they now require.
  • Advertising will become much less of a gray area, and women who choose to associate with escort agencies will be on a level playing field with independents.

What has taken place since the laws were overturned

The Justice Minister has appealed this decision on behalf of the Federal government.  As a result, implementation of this decision has been stayed until February 12, 2011. This has been conditional based on the parties agreeing to an expedited appeals process that would permit the appeal to be heard and decided by that date.  In the event the appeal is not over by that date, it is anticipated that the mandated changes will go into effect, though another decision by the courts could still reverse even that result so we end up back right where we started from.

At about the same time, the highest Court in British Columbia agreed to change course and permit an advocacy group for sex workers to intervene in a similar case that has been pending there since 2008.  Although some cities within that province have licensing and regulatory schemes in place that permit escort agencies to operate and advertise openly notwithstanding the Federal laws described above, there has been a push by sex workers and advocacy groups in the province of British Columbia to have those laws reversed with the effect being that all escort agencies and escorts can operate in an open free society.

Escort agencies as well as independent escorts are well advised to keep in touch with The Escort Law Review as we come across developments in these cases.

While the affirming (or upholding) of the Ontario decision will only affect that Province initially, because the Canadian Supreme Court (the federal governing body) is now involved in the case, a positive ruling by them could well have national effect.

Once again here are our petitions:

US – Escort Services
US – Independent Escorts