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FRHD 2100 Chapter Notes - Chapter 17: Brothel, Escort Agency, Massage Parlor

Family Relations and Human Development
Course Code
FRHD 2100
Cindy Clarke

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Chapter 17 Commercial Sex
Prostitution: the sale of sexual activity for money or goods of value, such as drugs
Criminal code prohibits:
1. Transporting or directing, or offering to transport or direct, another person
to a common bawdy house (establishments within which acts of sex for
payment occur)
2. Keeping, being an inmate of, being found without lawful excuse in, or
allowing a place to be used for the purpose of a common bawdy house
3. Procuring and living off the avails of prostitution
Owners of escort agencies and the escorts themselves register with the local
police and pay a licensing fee
Also required to keep records of clients’ names and addresses
Attempts over the years to legalize prostitution in Canada have all been
resisted by government leaders
Because o concern over a high number of deaths among prostitutes in
Vancouver and Edmonton, the Canadian Parliament voted in 2003 to
establish a Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws
John Schools
For men who have no previous criminal record but who are charged with
communicating for the purposes of prostitution
Day-long school that charges against the clients are erased from the official
court record
Receive lectures on sexually transmitted infections, and, in some instances,
community representatives talk about the impact of street prostitution on
their communities
Men are expected to provide a donation to help support the program
Canadian Attitudes Toward Prostitution
Majorit of Canadians are in gavour of legalizing prostitution
2/3 of respondents support legalizing prostitution if it is regulated by health
Types of Female Prostitutes
Streetwalkers: prostitutes who solicit customers on the street
Bottom rung of hierarchy of prostitutes
Earn the lowest incomes, usually least desirable and greatest risk of abuse by
customers and pimps
Pimps: men who serve as agents for prostitutes and live off their earnings
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Brothel Prostitution occupy a middle position in he hierarchy of prostitutes; work
in a brothel or a massage parlour
Escort Services fronts for prostitution
Prostitutes who work for escort services often come from middle-class
backgrounds and are well educated
Call Girls: prostitutes who arrange for their sexual contacts by telephone. Call refers
both to telephone calls and to being “on call”.
Highest rungs
Overlap with escorts
Attractive and well-educated prostitutes and tend to charge more for their
From middle-class backgrounds
Usually work on their own
Give clients the feeling that they are important or attractive
Call girls may insist on seeing a client’s business card or learning his home
telephone number before personal contact is made
Characteristics of Female Prostitutes
Poverty and sexual and/or physical abuse figure prominently in the
backgrounds of many prostitutes
Conflict-ridden or single-parent homes in poor urban areas of rural farming
Customers of Female Prostitutes
Average age is 38
More than half were married or in a serious relationship
Income, education, and ethnic background were similar to the Vancouver
Most common reason given for their first visit to a sex worker was their
availability and visibility
The second reason given was that their decision for doing so was
“Occasional johns” may include traveling salesmen or military personnel
“Habitual Johns” use prostitutes as their major or exclusive sexual outlet
Never established an intimate sexual relationship
“Compulsive Johns” feel driven to prostitutes to meet some psychological or
sexual need
Whore-Madonna Complex: a rigid stereotyping of women as either sinners or
Motives for Hiring Prostitutes
6 common motives:
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