Research-to-Action

Advocates warn against pushing prostitution to city outskirts

The Globe and Mail
Monday, January 2, 2012

MONTREAL - It wasn't so long ago that prostitutes were a common sight on Montreal's historic lower Main, standing on street corners in high-heeled boots.

For years, the intersection of Ste. Catherine Street and St. Laurent Boulevard was the epicentre of the city's bustling red light district.

Over the past decade, though, nearly all the strip clubs and street-level prostitution has been pushed to the outskirts to make way for a city-backed development of office buildings and trendy shops.

The changes may be good for business - but they also have sex workers worried about their own safety.