Montreal touted as the sex tourism capital of North America
MONTREAL, June 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Quebec newspaper has quoted a youth social worker to say that in Montreal ordering a girl is as easy as picking up fast food.
"In Montreal, you can order a girl like a pizza. You want her tall, blonde, thin, with breasts size B or D, and half an hour later, the girl is delivered to you. It's as easy as that!" said Pascale Philibert, who works with the Mobilis Project, an outreach to street gangs and young prostitutes of the Montérégie Youth Centre in Longueuil, Quebec, in a report by La Presse.
In the article, reporter Isabelle Hachey pointed out that in a report on human trafficking, the State Department of the United States singled out Montreal as a major destination for sex tourism.
"Sex is the trademark of Montreal tourism," Louise Dionne, coordinator of the Action Committee against domestic and international human trafficking, was quoted to say. "The logo of Tourism Montreal is the lips of a woman. Without wishing to be Machiavellian, I think that says a lot!"
Hachey noted that her investigation of sex tourism revealed Montreal being described as a good choice for any type of "adult experience" by U.S. travel agencies.
"Whatever type of adult experience you're looking for, you will likely find it in Montreal," reads the website of Global Express Tours, an agency in Massachusetts that buses tourists from Boston to Montreal.
Philibert said Montrealers must stop "burying their heads in the sand" and realize that their city is the "Mecca of the sex industry in North America. And corruption in Montreal is not just about sewers and sidewalks, but involves girls being sexually exploited by street gangs."
Philibert accused city authorities of largely ignoring the harsh reality that vulnerable adolescents are being exploited by criminal gangs.
"Corruption is not just in the world of finance. It is also in the sex trade," she said. "Whether it's politicians or businessmen, there are too many people who profit from this, that's for sure."
Philibert has said that the Mobilis Project has stated its opposition to proposals to decriminalize prostitution in Canada. The group would prefer to see the criminalization of clients along the lines of legislation in Sweden.
In 1999, Sweden passed legislation that criminalized the buying of sex, and decriminalized the selling of sex.
The principle behind this legislation is clearly stated in the government’s literature on the law: “In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them.”
The legislation virtually wiped out prostitution and sex trafficking in Sweden.
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The Swedish government estimated that since 1999 only 200 to 400 women and girls have been annually trafficked into Sweden for prostitution, while in neighboring Finland the number is reported to be 15,000 to 17,000.
An essential element of Sweden’s prostitution legislation is to provide prostitutes with the resources to get out of the sex trade and to receive the needed social support to reshape their lives.
According to a study by the Scottish government in 2003 on the consequences of prostitution policies in several countries, those that had legalized and/or regulated prostitution had a dramatic increase in all facets of the sex industry.
Those countries that legalized prostitution saw an increase in the involvement of organized crime in the sex industry, and found a dismaying increase in child prostitution, trafficking of women and girls, and violence against women.
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