Prostitution in Canada

Prostitution in Canada is not illegal but many of the activities surrounding it are illegal such as brothel owing and street prostitution.

The legal definition of a prostitute is a person of either sex who engages in prostitution, although the term 'prostitute' is not defined in the Criminal Code.

Prior to 1972 only women could be charged with working as a prostitute. There are a number of laws governing prostitution-related activities, including:

In Canada, prostitution and sex work is also known as the "sex trade".

Many larger Canadian cities are well-known for their respective sex industries. Montreal in particular is known as one of the top sex trade cities in North America.

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