The case before the court is that of Hamad Anwar and Tiffany Harvey. They face more than two dozen sex-related charges each, including making money from the sex trade, advertising sexual services, and forcing someone into the sex trade.
The charges relate to a bust made by London police at an escort service in November 2015.
The accused are being represented by well-known Toronto lawyer James Lockyer.
Lockyer doesn't dispute that his clients ran an escort agency. But at issue in Tuesday's proceedings are three charges under Canada's three-year-old prostitution law, often referred to as Bill C-36:
- Advertising someone else's sexual services
- Benefiting financially or otherwise from someone else's sexual services
- Procuring a person to offer a sexual service (a charge that can be laid against a pimp, for example).