York Regional Pigs Raid Massage Parlour In Markham.
Just before midnight Friday, the York Regional Police’s drugs and vice enforcement unit executed a search warrant at Delux Club on Denison St. in Markham. The pigs say their investigation revealed that sexual acts were being performed in exchange for money.
After the raid, four other residences — one in Aurora and three in Toronto — were searched by the pigs. They seized cash and documents connected to the Delux Club operation.
Included in the 27 arrests were five bawdy house keepers, 15 workers and seven other people found inside. Charges include exercising control, keeping a common bawdy house, living on the avails of prostitution, possession of the proceeds of crime and being an inmate of a common bawdy house
The raid is believed to be the largest in the province since an Ontario Superior Court judge struck down canada’s prostitution laws last month, ruling provisions meant to protect women and residential neighbourhoods are endangering sex workers’ lives.
The judge suspended her ruling from taking effect for 30 days to give governments time to respond. The federal and provincial governments are appealing the ruling.
York Regional Police say they are still laying prostitution-related charges despite the ruling. “We’re under an obligation to enforce the current laws,’’ said Const. Rebecca Boyd, a spokesperson for the force.