An organization representing the Ontario adult entertainment business pitched a plan at city hall Thursday that would see legalized brothels operating alongside strip clubs in the province as part of a year-long trial.
The recommendation came in a report prepared for the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada’s Ontario wing by former city hall bureaucrat Rudi Czekalla.
Under the plan, strip clubs, which are already zoned for sexual entertainment, would have the exclusive right to sell all sexual services.
The association commissioned Mr. Czekalla’s report after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s prostitution laws last December.
Association president Tim Lambrinos said that if prostitution is going to be legalized anyway, it only makes sense to do it in strip clubs, which are already regulated and, he added, generally safe.
As part of his report, Mr. Czekalla commissioned a survey of exotic dancers from across Ontario.
Ninety per cent of the 159 dancers asked said they felt their employers do an adequate or better job keeping them safe.
By a more than two to one margin, however, those same dancers told Mr. Czekalla they were opposed to any plan that would see sexual services sold in the clubs where they work.