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Man charged with living off avails of prostitution

41-year-old man charged after police discover 17-year-old prostitute in north end hotel
Reported by Lasia Kretzel
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A Saskatoon man is in custody after police discovered he was profiting from under-aged prostitution.

The 41-year-old man is charged with living off the avails of prostitution of someone under the age of 18 after police found a 17-year-old girl working as a prostitute in a north end hotel.

He was arrested following a police investigation and a vehicle stop on Circle Drive near Warman Road at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The arrest follows the newly enforced Adult Services Bylaw which requires adult businesses such as escort services and massage parlours to get an annual license. The law was approved last summer but businesses were given a grace period until the New Year.

To date, more than 41 licenses have been issued and more than 22 tickets have been issued since January, including another under aged offence.

Saskatoon police spokesperson Alyson Edwards said police follow up with companies to ensure they are complying with the bylaws.

“In this case, police discovered that one of the women was under the age of 18,” said Edwards.

The man will remain in police custody for the weekend and will appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Monday.

With files from Newstalk's Ashley Wills

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