One of the lead detectives in the teen pimping investigation wants men who purchase
women for sex sex from women to ensure they are over 18 and are willing participants, but an advocate for sex workers warns doing so might put johns in an legal quandary.
After the ringleader of the teen pimping ring was sentenced last week as an adult, Ottawa police Det. Carolyn Botting said men need to start talking to other men about the purchase of sex.
“I think you have to do more than ask a person their age. You need to check identification,” said Botting in an interview with Metro on Wednesday.
“If people took steps to ensure that people were consensual and over the age of 18, and they were behaving in a lawful fashion, things would be different and safer for…people who choose to work in this industry.”