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Obama Secret Service staff sent home from Amsterdam

Three Secret Service agents protecting President Barack Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on leave after a night of drinking, The Washington Post reported. "One of them was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway," the Post reported, citing three unnamed people familiar with the case. The latest eye-raising incident recalls the April 2012 scandal involving Secret Service Agents and prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia.

Hawaiian police defend right to sex with prostitutes

Hawaiian police are facing a storm of criticism by fighting to protect a right for undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes if it can help an investigation. Lawmakers debated the issue in the state Senate in Honolulu on Friday, as part of a bill cracking down on prostitution in which police have tried to re-instate an exemption letting officers have sex with prostitutes. Critics on the US Pacific island state say the demand is part of an outdated concept of prostitution, and increases the risk of police abuse of their position to demand sexual favors.

Several provinces not pursuing unconstitutional prostitution charges

TORONTO - A spokesman for Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General says Crown lawyers will "likely" not be prosecuting people under three prostitution laws struck down by the Supreme Court. Brendan Crawley says in a statement that the Crown will continue to prosecute prostitution offences that remain on the books, such as those involving people under 18 and human trafficking provisions.

NYC officials bust drug and prostitution ring ahead of Super Bowl

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A multimillion-dollar New York City drug and prostitution ring has been busted, law enforcement officials said on Thursday, as they warned Super Bowl fans to steer clear of the city's sex and narcotics underworld. Ring leaders offered high-flyer clients "party packs" of drugs and prostitutes in three separate operations aggressively pushing both sex and cocaine, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told a news conference.

Teen ringleader guilty in prostitution ring

A teenaged girl was found guilty Wednesday of forcing her peers, including one as young as 13, into prostitution through intimidation and blackmail in Canada's capital city. She now faces up to 14 years in prison, as the Crown seeks an adult sentence for 30 charges including child luring, child pornography, assault and forcible confinement. Two of her accomplices have already pleaded guilty in the case, after police accused them of plying girls with drugs and alcohol, then beating them into submission before sending them out to have sex with johns.

Trudeau wary of proposal to legalize, regulate, tax prostitution

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau is keeping a wary distance from a Liberal proposal to legalize, regulate and tax prostitution just like any other commercial enterprise. A resolution to legalize the sex trade is being pushed by the Liberal party's youth wing and is to be debated at the party's national policy convention next month in Montreal. But the Liberal leader, who has enthusiastically embraced a resolution passed at the last convention to legalize marijuana, signalled Thursday that he doesn't favour taking the same approach to prostitution.

Sex workers in Spain register to pay taxes

Prostitutes in the Spanish tourist island Ibiza have formed a sex workers' cooperative to pay taxes and gain social security benefits -- the first such group legally registered in Spain, they say. Eleven women registered with local authorities as working members of the Sealeer Cooperative providing sexual services, said their spokeswoman, Maria Jose Lopez. "We are pioneers," she told AFP. "We are the first cooperative in Spain that can give legal cover to the girls."

First pot, now prostitution: Liberal party to debate legalization

OTTAWA - First it was pot; now it's prostitution. Liberals broke new ground at their last national policy convention, becoming the first federal party to advocate legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. And now some Grits want the party to take the same approach to the world's oldest profession.

First pot, now prostitution: Liberal party to debate legalization

OTTAWA - First it was pot; now it's prostitution. Liberals broke new ground at their last national policy convention, becoming the first federal party to advocate legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. And now some Grits want the party to take the same approach to the world's oldest profession.

Canada's high court strikes down curbs on prostitution

Canada's Supreme Court on Friday struck down key sections of a law that effectively criminalized prostitution by banning brothels and soliciting on the street, ruling that they endangered prostitutes. But it stayed its unanimous nine-to-zero ruling for one year to allow Parliament to consider whether or not to impose other limits on where and how prostitution may be conducted. This case was "not about whether prostitution should be legal or not," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said in the landmark decision.
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