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Criminal Code

Version of section 213 from 2003-01-01 to 2014-12-05:

Marginal note:Offence in relation to prostitution

  •  (1) Every person who in a public place or in any place open to public view

    • (a) stops or attempts to stop any motor vehicle,

    • (b) impedes the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic or ingress to or egress from premises adjacent to that place, or

    • (c) stops or attempts to stop any person or in any manner communicates or attempts to communicate with any person

    for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or of obtaining the sexual services of a prostitute is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Definition of “public place”

    (2) In this section, public place includes any place to which the public have access as of right or by invitation, express or implied, and any motor vehicle located in a public place or in any place open to public view.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 213
  • R.S., 1985, c. 51 (1st Supp.), s. 1

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