Soliciting encompasses two distinct charges: obstructing or impeding traffic and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services in exchange for something of value. It is illegal to disrupt the flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic in public places or visible areas, with the intention of offering, providing, or procuring sexual services for consideration.
Sexual interference refers to the act of touching, either directly or indirectly with any part of the body or an object, the body of a person under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose.
Invitation to Sexual Touching
Invitation to sexual touching is a criminal offence that occurs when a person under the age of 16 is encouraged, counselled, or incited to touch, either directly or indirectly with any part of the body or an object, the body of any person, including themselves, for a sexual purpose.
Under Section 153(1) of the Criminal Code, it is a criminal offence for a person in a position of trust or authority towards a young person to touch them or encourage them to touch others for a sexual purpose.
Procuring Sexual Services
Procuring sexual services is the act of enticing or coercing someone to provide sexual services in exchange for money, drugs, or other incentives. This behaviour is considered a criminal offence under Section 286.3 of the Criminal Code. Additionally, concealing or harbouring a person who sells sexual services for payment or exercising control over their movements are also considered crimes.
Voyeurism involves deriving pleasure from observing or recording individuals engaged in private activities without their consent. Voyeurs typically experience sexual arousal by watching people undress, naked, or involved in sexual activities.
In Canada, obscenity is defined under section 163 of the Criminal Code and encompasses the creation, distribution, or possession of material, such as photos, videos, or audio recordings, that is considered obscene. This includes material that unreasonably exploits sex, crime, horror, cruelty, or violence.