Real estate broker busted for pimping

A real estate broker has been given an absolute discharge on charges living off the avails of prostitution.

Joëlle Chelala was arrested by an undercover officer during Grand Prix week in 2011.

She led a double-life , selling houses by day , and women at night.

She pleaded guilty to the charge of living off the avails, but benefited from a Supreme Court decision last December which struck down provisions of the Criminal Code limiting prostitution.

As a result Chelala, her father George, and a man employed by the escort agency they ran, Amine Zaari, all received absolute discharges.

Chelala was fined $ 17,500, but also gave up $ 700,000 in cash and four gold bars worth $ 160,000  which were seized from safe deposit boxes raided by police.

Court was told Chelala ran some 40 women from an agency with headquarter`s on Ste-Catherine Street.

Clients booked girls via a webpage.

Drivers made the pick up and delivery and collected the fees from clients.

In her other life, Chelala worked as a real estate broker under the Sutton label.

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  1. Barcham posted on 04/18/2014 11:56 AM
    Good for her! No one was being coerced to work for her or forced to use her services. There are dozens of escort agencies in Montreal, all of which advertise on the Internet, why should her agency be singled out? As long as no one is being forced to work in this business and everyone is an adult, no minors involved, I fail to see the problem. Are they going to return her money which they stole from her now that all charges have been dropped?
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