100 new massage parlors open in two years in Montreal

A group working to end sexual exploitation in Montreal have mapped the city, pointing out where the erotic massage parlours, strip bars and escort agencies are.

Not surprisingly, most of them are concentrated in the downtown Ville-Marie borough, but the group also says the number of erotic massage parlors has exploded in recent years.

The group, called CLÉS (Concertation des luttest contre l'exploitation sexuelle) says in 2011, there were 199 such establishments fanned out across the city; now, there are 303.

Mayor Denis Coderre has vowed to clamp down on such establishments — something that's very pleasing to the group's Eliane Legault-Roy.

"While this is a very good thing, there is a definite need for more resources and services for the women, downstream," she says. "Because you can't just close down the parlours and hope that the women will get out of prostitution just like that."

A city committee which will deal with massage parlours is expected to be set up by next week.

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