Toronto councillor Giorgio Mammoliti says he has agreed to sit down with Ontario strip club officials on Monday to recommend accommodating “enhanced services.”
In December the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country’s prostitution laws in a unanimous 9-0 ruling, starting a stopwatch for Parliament to reshape social policy dealing with the world’s oldest profession.
The court struck down all three prostitution-related prohibitions — against keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution and street soliciting — as violations of the constitutional guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person.
Mammoliti claims the only way to protect communities and women is to have existing licensed facilities already regulated and inspected by police and paying taxes, provide it and keep it away from places like massage parlours.
“What’s important, in doing this, is to make sure that the illicit brothels that exist in those communities, including mine I have 300 of them, be abolished,” he told 680News.
Mammoliti has long been a proponent of a red light district in Toronto but says the city may not need one if the adult entertainment industry legally provides enhanced services at its establishments.
He says he’ll listen to the strip club officials and of he likes what they have to say he’ll take it back to council for consideration.
“In my opinion if they suggest, for any moment, the city start talking to them about being potential partners then I will back off of my red light district concept and even back off of the island concept immediately because it would work,” Mammoliti explained. “That to me says slam dunk.”
The meeting scheduled to take place on Monday in Niagara on the Lake.
With files from The Canadian Press