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Legal bordellos plan draws a red light

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Legal bordellos plan draws a red light
May 10, 2007 04:30 AM
Jim Byers
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/212364

Pony rides and bike paths are welcome on the Toronto Islands. But city councillors say they're not about to allow brothels in one of the city's most popular parks.

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) raised a fuss this week when he resurrected the idea of licensing areas of the city for red-light districts and said the islands shouldn't be exempt.

"The reality is, no one on council would actually support or endorse or encourage this type of activity in our city," said Councillor Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence). "To suggest an urban park setting as a place for a red-light district is completely inappropriate."

Council member Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale), who favours regulating prostitution, said the problem is that communicating for the purposes of prostitution is illegal under the federal Criminal Code. "If it's treated as a crime, we can't license it."

Back in 1994, Toronto City Council called on Ottawa to decriminalize prostitution, but Rae can't see the Harper Tories enacting such a law. Were council allowed to regulate it, the city might look at designating certain areas, Rae said. "It should be safe. It should be regulated."

Mammoliti said he's long stated that prostitution and casinos should be legal in Toronto.

"We're looking at new revenues. Sin taxes are probably our best bet," he told the Star yesterday.

"Communities experience problems with prostitution. Brothels exist now. They're known as massage parlours or holistic centres. Ninety per cent are licensed, but they run illegal activities."

Even if prostitution remains illegal, Mammoliti said, the city can help control it by deciding what areas could receive licences for massage parlours or holistic centres.

"No area of the city should be exempt" from a study on where brothels could go, he said.

And in his ward?

"There are a lot of legal places (massage and holistic centres) in my ward now," Mammoliti said. "But I would want to look at specific rules. I'm not sure there are any parts of my ward that are far enough away from residences, which would be the main criteria."

Mammoliti said council's licensing committee asked for a staff report on this two years ago, but it was never brought forward because nobody wants to talk about it.

They apparently still don't.

"I don't think prostitution is a big issue in the city," said Case Ootes, councillor for Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth. "We know it goes on. We know about escort services. But to set up a special area, it's just not going to fly. Nobody would support it.

"As much as I don't want to do any favours for the islanders, this isn't the solution," he said with a laugh.

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I'd love to see Jarvis and Dundas cleaned up with this idea. The Toronto Island suggestion is a complete mystery to me.
 

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technically, it's not illegal if the security cams are recording - then it's porn. :D

maybe our redlight district should be where the police cameras are!
 

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Red light district on Wards Island? Well, if there's a demand for hookers with really hairy pubes (and legs, and underarms...)
 

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Probably has its appeal to pervy 70s schoolteachers who remember braless teen hippy students, etc.

Not that I disapprove.
 

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