Calgary’s prostitution problems exposed in new report

CALGARY – A new report released this week suggests Calgary has as many as 3,000 prostitutes.

The report was compiled at the request of Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country’s prostitution laws, saying they were unconstitutional.

It suggests 70 to 95 per cent of the city’s prostitution activity is indoors and is usually set up online.

The report also shows that outdoor prostitution tends to occur mostly in the Beltline and Forest Lawn.

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The report is expected to be discussed by city committee members on Wednesday.

They’ll try to decide how the city should deal with prostitution going forward; however, they won’t be making any changes until after the Federal Government enacts new legislation.

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City staff and police officers travelled to Sweden and Norway recently to assess their prostitution laws.

The so-called Nordic model charges the buyer and not the seller of sex.

Over the last number of years, Calgary police have shifted enforcement efforts to focus on buyers, often with a focus on steering prostitutes towards programs that may help them get out of the trade.

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