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Legal questions arise as Vancouver subsidized housing turns blind eye to sex workers

The Vancouver Sun
Thursday, May 10, 2012

VANCOUVER - Subsidized housing residences that turn a blind eye to sex workers who bring clients to their rooms could be breaking Canada's law against bawdy houses if management is aware such activity is occurring regularly, according to Pivot Legal Society.

"If someone in the space, whether it's the people who are living there or the people who are operating the space, know that prostitution is occurring there regularly, then they could be found guilty of being found in or keeping a common bawdy house," said Katrina Pacey, Pivot's litigation director. "So the question is who's aware of what's going on at any given time and so that's where the... legal questions lie."