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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Montreal gearing up to snuff out erotic massage parlours


Montreal gearing up to snuff out erotic massage parlours

It was only last spring that north Montreal borough mayor Anie Samson said she clued in to how serious the prevalence of brothel-style massage parlours in Montreal had become.
Samson told QMI Agency that her borough, last spring, began receiving between 10 and 15 applications a month from people who wanted to open massage parlours.
Samson suspected that those filing applications weren't looking to relieve aches and pains in the traditional manner.
Denis Coderre, Montreal's new mayor, promised to try and rid the city of its so-called erotic massage parlours, which are little more than fronts for sex dens, whose owners have been suspected of employing underage and trafficked women.
The RCMP arrested three alleged erotic massage operators on Thursday and charged them with running a prostitution ring with ties to Marius Trifu Miclescu, 39.
Miclescu was arrested in October and charged with trafficking young women from Romania whom the
RCMP said were "coerced and threatened to keep them under control of his network."
Samson, who sits on the mayor's executive team, said she is heading a recently created committee that will begin sitting next week, and which is tasked with figuring out how to eliminate brothel-style parlours.
Erotic massage parlours are an open secret in the city; a simple Internet search will offer several forums where men rate and share their Montreal massage-brothel experiences.
Samson said the number of parlours started to climb rapidly two years ago when there was a push by the city to remove street sex workers from Montreal's notorious red-light district in the east end.
Samson, who is responsible for public security, told QMI Agency that prostitutes, pimps and other organized criminals moved indoors.
"They realized that if they can't do it in the street, they'll do it inside, where there is more (money) and plenty of repeat customers," she said.
Eliane Legault-Roy, spokeswoman for CLES, a group that advocates against the sexual exploitation of women, said her organization counted 348 businesses on the island of Montreal area that offer sexual services, up from 339 two years ago. She said there are 420 such locations in the Greater Montreal Area.
Legault-Roy said she welcomed the mayor's plan to tackle massage parlours, but suggested that the city also provide resources for sex workers.
"There is a real desire at city hall (to eliminate massage brothels)," she said. "But that doesn't solve the problem of women in poverty. They'll just go elsewhere."

GIUSEPPE VALIANTE | QMI AGENCY
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