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Procuring Sexual Services Laws in Canada

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

Coercing or Facilitating Sexual Services

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

Procuring Sexual Services - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms


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

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.

Reasonable doubt

The Supreme Court of Canada has said that reasonable doubt “falls much closer to absolute certainty than to proof on a balance of probabilities” and “that something less than absolute certainty is required, and that something more than probable guilt is required."

Sexual services

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

Procuring Sexual Services - Tagged With:
Code Citations: Section 286.3
Procuring Sexual Services - Referenced Links