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In Ontario, sides line up as battle over bawdy houses set to resume

The Globe and Mail
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hundreds of shadowy body rub parlours operated by exploitative pimps and shysters are operating on the outskirts of Toronto, the Ontario Crown warns in a court document filed on Thursday.

Crown brief urges the Supreme Court of Canada to let police keep the power they have to protect female sex workers, who are often cowed into submissive silence.

The document forms part of an attempt by the Crown to persuade the court to maintain an interim ban on so-called bawdy houses.

However, a group of prostitutes who have successfully challenged the ban through two levels of court accuse Ontario and federal Crown lawyers of scaremongering.