Canadian Policing Research Catalogue

Control or regulation of prostitution in Canada : implications for the police / by Marcel-Eugène LeBeuf.

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Canadian Policing Research



Alternate Title

Contrôle ou réglementation de la prostitution au Canada : incidence sur la police.




Includes bibliographical references (p. 44-48).


1 online resource (55, [2] pages)


"Research and Evaluation Branch Report, Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing Services Directorate."
Issued also in French under title: Contrôle ou réglementation de la prostitution au Canada : incidence sur la police.


In November 2004, the Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness gave the Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws the mandate to examine prostitution laws in order to improve the safety of sex workers and the community as a whole and to make recommendations to reduce the exploitation and violence to which workers are subjected. Many issues were discussed by a great number of witnesses, as shown in the debate reports available online. The health and safety of sex workers, the current legal situation in Canada, and experiences with legalization or criminalization from other countries were among the most discussed and documented issues. Their report was released in December 2006 (Canada. Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, 2006). This report highlights some of the challenges faced by the police and shows that, contrary to what could have been expected with the legalization of prostitution, the police remain involved with prostitution by controlling the legal sector, and in law enforcement activity related to the illegal underground sector, which has not disappeared.


Online Access


Executive summary -- Introduction -- The study -- The Canadian legal situation -- Law enforcement regulating prostitution -- The control of prostitution -- Conclusion -- References -- Appendix A. Compendium of legislation on prostitution.

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