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Obtaining Sexual Services For Consideration Laws in Canada

Part VIII of the Criminal Code / Against the Person and Reputation

Paying for Sexual Services

If you have been charged with a crime in Canada, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

Obtaining Sexual Services For Consideration - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms


Money, drugs, alcohol or any other form of payment in exchange for sexual services.

Hybrid offence

Hybrid offences fall between a summary and an indictable offence. The Crown prosecutor chooses whether to treat the offence as a summary or indictable offence.

Indictable offence

Indictable offences are the most serious offences under the Criminal Code and they come with more serious punishments, up to a maximum penalty of life in prison.


A transaction that involves both the purchase and the sale of sexual services, with only the purchase being illegal. It is also illegal to live on the material benefits of someone else's sex work.

Sexual services

An act that is sexual in nature and whose purpose is to sexually gratify the person who receives it.

Summary conviction

Summary convictions are used for lesser offences with penalties, fines and short jail time. They reflect the majority of offences as defined in the Code.

Obtaining Sexual Services For Consideration - Tagged With:
Code Citations: s.150.1(5) , s.286.1 (1)
Obtaining Sexual Services For Consideration - Referenced Links