I’m what you call a professional lurker as I have been observing these boards for ever it seems, this is my first post.
The topic of what is legal and what isn’t has come up many times, the posts I’ve read regarding this topic have been somewhat confusing and justifiably so.
The Laws on this matter although clearly defined in our criminal code is still very baffling in it’s application even to the most learned of us.
Have you ever asked LE or Lawyers to explain our prostitution laws? Most cannot give you a well defined clear answer.
Through many years of living the experience, asking LE, some of the best lawyers in Montreal and our Courts, below is my very brief personal interpretation of how these laws are applied in Québec.
Being an Independent is legal but you must do all your communications in private such as the phone, e-mail and other such forms of private conversations. Meeting your clients is public is fine provided arrangements had been made prior to that.
Most of everything else is illegal, examples:
Agency owners forget it, when LE decides it’s your turn, you are screwed with no defense whatsoever with the way our laws stand right now. You can be offering only companionship but that one lady who offers extras without your knowledge can bring you down. The one rotten apple in the bushel really applies here.
If a “friend” answers your phone or e-mails to help make your booking or just gives info on your availability, watch out, your friend is now aiding and abetting. They could face charges so that answers the question on Independents teaming up or networking.
Boyfriends beware, if you live with an Independent or Agency girl, you better be able to prove your income or else your can be charged with living off the avails and even then beware, your assets could also be at risk.
Agency Girls can be charged with being a “found in” but 98% of the time, LE doesn’t enforce that unless you are actively participating in the Agencies operations.
If you call/ask another Independent to see one of your clients, that is not legal even if you make nothing from the referral. ( Difficult to convict )
If you invite another Independent in on your call, that also is not legal. ( Difficult to convict )
The above are just a few examples of situations common to the provider.
Bottom line is that if you’re going to be a “Independent Provider” you are fine until you involve others in your business at which point you could open yourself to prosecution.
The trend by LE these days is to go after the assets of the people involved, especially after LE achieved their Quebec precedent setting victory a few months ago. As publicly stated by LE, they are tired of providers and pimps just paying a fine and re opening their doors.
Assessing your risk factor. Reasons for LE intervention. 1. Stay clear of minors, asking for ID makes no difference if it’s fake. 2. Violence towards the Ladies or Clients. 3. Solictating of Yourself/Agency openly and blatantly in public. 4. Having a big month, don’t brag about your fame and riches. 5. Pissing off some V.I.P. Those are the 5 main reasons in order for trouble. Remember you are one amongst hundreds in this industry. If you suffer from needless paranoia then your in the wrong business.
To the Concerns of Clients:
Do all your arrangements privately with the escort, that is legal. Do not solicit anyone in public.
When calling an Agency, do not ask for sexual services , that is considered solicitation. Remember there are many people asking for the services of Escorts for companionship, that is legal.
What I can say to Independent and Agency clients is that after 20 years here in Montreal, I have never heard of any client being prosecuted for using the services of an Agency or Independent unless they some how stepped out of line (Violence).
Hopefully this answered some issues. My 2 cents worth, if this helped just one person then it was worth it.
My remarks are to be considered only as reference, not advice. Please note that I won’t answer any email regarding this topic or for that matter, most topics.
The first thought that will come to every who doesn’t know me is who is this guy. Understand that I do not say this proudly but only as a reference to my credibility to my post on this topic. English Escorting was formed through my actions in the early eighties, I was the first in the Yellow pages, the first Montreal Agency on the internet, dubbed as the “Montreal Pimp“, “largest agency in North America” and countless other titles from our media and LE friends. If you haven’t already guessed it, the ex-owner of HB.
Criticisms of this post should not follow unless constructive as this post is only meant to be helpful.
Thank you and all my best to everyone.