Monday, March 1, 1999

Manitoba police seize prostitution customers' cars

WINNIPEG — Starting Monday, police in Manitoba will be able to seize and impound vehicles used in prostitution-related offences.

The vehicles could be those of people who cruise neighbourhoods in search of prostitutes, even taxis that take customers to red-light districts in the city.

Manitoba will have toughest anti-prostitute law in Canada The sweeping new police powers make Manitoba's anti-prostitution laws the toughest in Canada.

People whose vehicles have been seized can apply to have them returned if they leave a deposit equal to the value of the vehicle. Another condition may be to attend a "john school," set up to educate customers about prostitution.

However, the auto or deposit is forfeited if the person is convicted.

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