CARSON CITY, Nev. —Bunny Ranch brothel owner Dennis Hof announced today that he is going full steam ahead with plans to expand his seven-brothel Nevada empire into Canada, opening legal houses of prostitution in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in 2014.
Hof said the decision comes on the heels of the recent historic unanimous decision by the Canadian Supreme Court declaring anti-prostitution laws unconstitutional throughout the northern nation.
The brothel king had previously explored the idea of opening a chain of “Bunny Ranches” in Canada, but put plans on hold pending the Canadian Supreme Court decision. Now with the final legal barrier removed, Hof said he wants to have at least three Canadian versions of his flagship Bunny Ranch up and running by the end of 2014.
“I have always appreciated that Canada has a very progressive view of women’s rights, and prostitution, and there are lessons the U.S. can learn from them,” Hof said, long a proponent of legalized prostitution in the U.S. “In the U.S. legal brothels are restricted to just a few counties in Nevada, but Canada is now wide open, and we intend to make the most of it.”
While prostitution itself was not illegal in Canada, the country’s top court’s landmark ruling struck down three hooking-related laws concerning street soliciting, living on the earnings of a prostitute, and maintaining a brothel, according to the Bunny Ranch. Now all three, pending a legal re-write by the Canadian government are permitted.
Hof said he and his advisors, along with a platoon of his Bunny girls, will undertake a “tour” of Canada early next year to scout out brothel locations. He says he has already been approached by dozens of wealthy Canadian investors wanting to get in on the ground floor of what will become that nation’s first-ever fully legal brothels.
Hof’s international expertise in the legalized prostitution biz has already been put to work in Holland, Brazil, and England, and he said he is eager to join Canada in celebrating their “new-found X-rated freedoms.” Hof estimates the current underground sex trade in Canada to top $5 billion annually.
“The Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms — their version of the U.S. constitution — has prevailed for the people and prostitutes of Canada, now it’s time to make sure it’s done the right way so legalized prostitution is a win-win-win for everyone involved — from the customers, to the girls, to the public,” Hof said.