Online escorts beyond the law

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May 12 , 2015

By QMI Agency

TORONTO - The oldest profession is alive and well in Toronto, prospering in the Internet age as providers and participants go online in search of each other.

It is also operating outside the boundaries of the law as uncertainty continues to surround legislation defining just who can and cannot offer the services of prostitution.

Toronto escort Amanda is one of those waiting for clear legal definition of her chosen profession.

She is yet to know if she'll have to register her company, give receipts or collect taxes for sex acts if prostitution laws are struck down on appeal in Ontario.

The uncertainty has led to Toronto Police stopping some vice investigations as a law is challenged in the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

This follows a ruling that sex workers should be able to conduct business in homes and brothels with proper security to protect the women.

“Investigations into escort agencies have been placed on hold pending an appeal of prostitution laws,” said Toronto Const. Victor Kwong. “The investigations on hold are to determine if prostitution laws are being broken.”

Amanda, 28, and a roommate, have been operating a thriving escort service for about four years.

They claim they're making “good money” and have never had a bad date. Their services are offered solely via an online presence.

“We are pretty good at screening the men who come here,” says the Mississauga-born former bank worker who got into the sex trade after being let go from a downtown job. “We don't give them the address or apartment number until we know who they are.”

The phone in the apartment rings constantly as clients, both men and women, book appointments that can cost up to $240 hourly for sex, bondage, role playing, foot fetish, domination and other techniques.

“My clients are from all cultures and their age ranges from 18 to 75,” Amanda says. “Many of them are repeat customers who won't go anywhere else.”

She says an escort can earn up to $3,000 weekly and doesn't require a permit from the city or pay taxes. She advertises her services on the Internet and has a stable of clients. Her website has a calendar where clients can book dates.

“If the law goes through it means we will have to register our business and give receipts,” Amanda says. “That means we would have to pay taxes like a regular company.”

She's never had a problem with police or authorities prying into her business.

“It's almost legal being an escort,” Amanda says. “We don't have to pay taxes and have the best of both worlds.”

Toronto councillor Giorgio Mammoliti says the rules governing escort agencies and massage parlours are not being enforced due to the current legal challenge.

“This is still a major issue in most communities,” Mammoliti says. “We as municipalities cannot do anything to take enforcement action.”

He has been trying to evict 20 agencies and parlours that have been operating in his York West riding for years. Some of the so-called “spas” are in industrial units and equipped with security cameras and dark windows so residents can't see inside.

Mammoliti estimates there are about 3,000 agencies, including massage parlours, bawdy houses, brothels and spas scattered throughout the city. Most are unregulated and anything goes, he says.

Mammoliti says some escorts can earn up to $3,000 daily and they pay no taxes nor require a permit from the city. Some councillors claim sex workers can work alongside exotic dancers at strip clubs that will become bordellos if the law is struck down on appeal.

And, as politicians and vice cops await a ruling, an aggressive campaign is underway by escort agencies to lure clients by offering discounts and making it easier to view, book and pay for dates online.

Most agencies use web sites or newspapers to advertise their services. They provide photos of their escorts, a lengthy list of the various sex acts they provide and a price list.

University student Ginger is just one of hundreds with a profile online.

She says she's an ‘icon' in the Niagara Region, who recently moved to Toronto.

Billed as ‘Sexy Redhead Ginger,' she charges up to $240 an hour and claims to have made a name for herself in towns like Beamsville, Grimsby, Sarnia, Port Hope, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie, according to her website.

“Her bewitching personality will bring a smile to your face as she seduces you,” says one of her ads. “Talking politics or science fiction in a hot tub is one of Ginger's favourite activities.”

She claims to have a new condo in downtown Toronto that is always open for business.

The stunning blonde claims to be a “consumate professional” and icon of the Niagara Region sex trade. She specializes in role-playing and shows photos of herself dressed as a cheerleader, school marm, farm girl and cop. University grad “Hot Asian Princess Nicole” says she too is well-educated and loves intellectual men.

Nicole, 26, who charges $200 hourly, boasts a “clean, private and upscale” condo at Queen St. and University Ave. that is safe and well-secured.

“I am a hot university educated Asian girl,” she says. “I am all natural and will melt your heart.”

She claims to have a “tight body with long black hair, soft smooth silky skin and shapely gorgeous long legs.'

A third university student, Quinn, 22, offers competitive rates and non-rush service for clients in Barrie and Toronto.

“I'm a sultry and playful little minx who loves to please and be pleased,” Quinn says. “I am Brazilian/Canadian with full lips, a beautiful face and soft curves that will seduce you.”

Quinn, a university undergraduate, is willing to undercut the prices of other escorts to snare a client.

“I am not afraid of adventure in the bedroom,” she writes. “In fact, I crave it.”

Her web page includes letters from clients who were ecstatic with her service.

Luxie, 21, describes herself as a “high-class” escort with loyal clients in Ottawa and Windsor. Her site offers provocative photos, services and prices.

“I have a passion for life that is unquenchable,” she tells potential customers. “I am for the gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life, and feels he deserves nothing but the best.”

Luxie has a legion of fans in Windsor who follow her, judging from some of the reviews on her page.

“This lady is one of the true wonders of Windsor,” a first-time client wrote

of her services. “I believe she is very serious in trying to become a top-notch provider here in Windsor.”

Eva, 21, says she is trying to make a name for herself after moving here from Montreal.

“I was her first customer at the ‘Falls' so she gave me a special rate, probably because she is new to the area and wants to drum up business,” one client says of Eva.

Eva speaks little English and doesn't accept bookings by text due to language concerns.

Nikkei, 22, is proud to be working in downtown Toronto as an independent and not part of an agency.

Nikkei promises to knock off $20 for clients who pre-book appointments to experience her “Chinese-Vietnamese spinner-style body” that she says is loved by men.

Her goal is to “provide all my guests with personalized service as you would expect from any high-end company.”

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