“I’ve never seen it”: the sexual offer explodes on the net … in time for the Grand Prix

The return of the Grand Prix to Montreal after two years of pandemic is noticeable in the sexual offer on the net: not only has the number of ads exploded, but they are available on various platforms accessible to everyone.

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“Before, we mainly had to go through specialized places, but this year, it’s everywhere, everywhere, everywhere. I’ve seen it on Facebook, on Twitter, elsewhere on social media. I’m fascinated, I’ve never seen it before, “said Paul Laurier, a retired police officer.

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For years, the president of the security firm Vigiteck has been using software to find sexual offers that abound on the Internet.

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Mr. Laurier has just listed no less than 30,000 active companion ads. In other years, the week before the Grand Prix, we talked about more than 10,000 offers.

For 2022 it has not been possible to compare with the last few months, as public events, which have a major impact on the demand for sexual services, have just started again. And if the number of ads has increased so much, does that mean more women are selling their sexual services? Not necessarily, he says.

In fact, it is rather the use of social media and the purchase of keywords in search engines that have exploded the offer for a week. “The same girls are multiplying everywhere,” she points out.

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In Montreal, however, it has never been difficult to request sexual services. But the men traded mainly in massage parlors or escort agencies, choosing the girl according to her physical criteria, her nationality, her age or … according to the nearby subway station, says Mr. Laurier.

“We’ll see the same ad on an ad site, on the girl’s personal site, on a forum, on Facebook, or anywhere else on social media,” Mr. Laurier. The domains have multiplied, they have been updated. ”

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And if the supply is already considerable, it could increase even more.

“The highlight will be today or tomorrow, when we see girls from other places appear,” warns retired police, referring to young women in exile in other provinces or in the United States who are usually repatriated to Montreal on weekends. of Formula 1.

And there is no doubt that the lawsuit will be filed after a two-year forced hiatus, said criminologist Maria Mourani.

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“They will come from all over the world. There will be an influx of tourists, all the pimps will come to F1 to sell their products and hire, “he said.

Experts worry that many attempts at sexual harassment will appear on social media, even in unexpected places like Facebook self-help groups.

“I’ve never been so scared of young girls. It looks like men are on fire, there are requests everywhere,” said Rose Sullivan, a worker with sexual exploitation.

She says she has witnessed requests for sexual services, especially on Facebook, in a student job search group, or even in self-help groups.

“A woman who asked for help to get to the end of the month offered a man to pay her in exchange for sex,” he said.

“Survivors [de l’exploitation sexuelle] Write to me to show me the offers they have received, it’s amazing, “he added.

According to her, some of these requests come from women who themselves promote their work on social networks, accessible to everyone.

“I see more and more women exposing themselves without necessarily placing prostitution ads, whether on TikTok, Instagram or Snapchat,” said criminologist Maria Mourani.

But all this “promotion” and “commercialization” can be harmful, laments Ms. Sullivan.

“It’s more attractive during the Grand Prix, for some it’s worth it because customers come from far away and are willing to pay dearly. But after the Grand Prix, it’s not as profitable. A girl who charges thousands of dollars for being a “sugar baby” is very rare to end up in her pockets. It’s so exciting to sell this to young women, “she said.

Yesterday, the Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal region, Chantal Rouleau, was questioned about sexual exploitation outside the Formula 1 weekend.

“We are not against the Grand Prix, much less, it has a very important impact on the metropolis. But the exploitation of young people should not be part of the deal. Adults who do this have to take responsibility, they have to be aware of their actions, “he said.

– With Marc-André Gagnon

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