“There are parties like this every week in Montreal.”Of course, anywhere the sex industry flourishes there are accompanying problems.
For instance, last year Montreal police shut down a well-known strip club because of alleged links to organized crime and street gangs.
And a Quebec group fighting sexual exploitation, known as CLES, says many who work in the sex industry — dancers being touched all night long, for instance — suffer post-traumatic stress.
But Montreal doesn’t have elevated rates of prostitution offences, despite the prevailing attitudes.
Any genre of performer can be found in web camming.In October last year, Canada’s first homegrown adult-oriented entertainment TV channel, Vanessa, whose logo is a pair of sultry, red lips, went on the air.Vanessa is based in Montreal, and while its first incarnation is French, it aims to have an English version later this year.Her niche — “tease” — without hardcore sex with males, is popular, she says.There are companies, both huge and small, and individuals, like Ariel, all surviving on porn, producing it, running its websites, creating the business and Internet infrastructure to make money from it.