Ooh La La: Montreal Cops Warn Papers Over Escort Ads

By: Mark Fitzgerald

Montreal’s top organized-crime cop visited two local dailies last week to warn editors that their increasingly explicit escort ads open them up to criminal prosecution for “benefiting from the proceeds of prostitution.”

The ads obviously offer sex for money, Montreal Police Inspector Serge Frenette told The Canadian Press: “There are not too many people who call for a pretty girl named Suzanne with large breasts and a naked butt to read a book at a library.”

Frenette would not say what two papers he targeted. Caroline Jamet, vice president of communications for one of the biggest French-language dailies, La Presse, told E&P that her paper had not been contacted: “There was a big deal in the media, and this [inspector] said he wanted to meet with all the newspapers, but so far he hasn’t contacted us. We have [escort ads], like all papers.”

A La Presse attorney said the paper abided by an advertising code of ethics and that it was up to the police, not newspapers, to determine if laws are being broken. While the act of prostitution itself is not a crime in Canada, soliciting and other aspects of commercial sex are illegal.

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