Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie freezes massage licenses

There won't be any new erotic massage parlours in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie any time soon.

The borough joins two others in issuing a freeze on the granting of licenses as it looks to adopt tougher legislation on the industry.

The move is being applauded by anti-sex work activists, and it dovetails with Montreal mayor Denis Coderre's wish to crack down on the city's hundreds of erotic massage parlours.

But some prostitution opponents like Diane Matte of the Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelleworry the legislation may unfairly target legitimate massage therapists.

"The motion is a little too wide because it punishes people who are massage therapy professionals," she says. "But at the same time it's a motion that reflects the idea that we have to fight sexual exploitation - which massage parlours are."

The new legislation isn't expected to be adopted until some time this spring.

Photo courtesy La Presse

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