than 70 per cent of Montreal prostitution now takes place in such venues, according to a new survey by CLES, a group that advocates against the sexual exploitation of women.
group says the timing of such actions is no coincidence, with the Supreme Court ruling looming.
Some even brazenly declare "XXX massage" in the window.
Depending on Friday's ruling, erotic massage parlours like the ones popping up all over Montreal could, conceivably, become licensed, regulated venues for the sex trade.
Coderre wants to introduce legislation against them that would include hefty fines.
Emilie Laliberte, the head of a Montreal sex trade support and advocacy Air Max 90 Atmos Denim
Police have already made a string of arrests since Coderre's announcement last month. One case involved the alleged sexual exploitation of young Romanian women.
The city has long been seen as a hub for prostitution with a bustling red light district. Today, many of the strip clubs in Montreal's once seedy centre have closed down, and the street level prostitution driven out, to make way for condos and office buildings.
The federal government also announced last week the creation of an RCMP unit headquartered in the city to fight human trafficking in Canada and abroad.
"We just hope resources will also be put in place to help women exit prostitution."
As it stands, the establishments often hold a permit as a Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Moire Sneakers legitimate therapeutic massage business, hiding their true purpose.
Not everyone working in the sex trade is a victim of trafficking, she said. And many workers at massage parlours are worried police action could drive sex work further underground, leading to more dangerous work conditions.
Toronto introduced a bylaw this year making a distinction between massage parlours and erotic ones, and limiting the number of licenses available for erotic ones.
But these days Montreal's illicit massage parlours, viewed as a haven for prostitution and even human trafficking, are coming under increased scrutiny.
brothel, living off the avails and soliciting.
The Supreme Court must decide whether to keep Canada's current prostitution laws, throw them out, or offer an alternative.
Newly elected mayor Denis Coderre has made a crackdown on the parlours one of his first orders of business at city hall.
CLES supports the new mayor's efforts, said spokeswoman Eliane Legault Roy.
It's part of a larger debate about the sex trade that has made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The move isn't without detractors, however.
Police in Calgary, meanwhile, raided a massage parlour in late October.
Montreal has an estimated 350 illicit massage parlours operating across the city and many more in its suburbs.
MONTREAL Their bright neon signs have become more common on Montreal's streets, and the services offered can go far beyond simple relief from aches and pains.
"It's clear they're trying to make a clear link between sex work on the one hand, and human trafficking and sexual exploitation on the other," said Laliberte, director of Stella.
"We're really happy that there's the political will to act on exploitation of women," she said.
This Friday, Canada's top court will bring down a landmark decision on the legality of the country's anti prostitution laws.
But the erotic massage parlours persist across the city.
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Other cities have already taken steps to crack down on them.
These days much of the focus has been on Montreal.
Crackdown on massage parlours spurs debate
In Laliberte's view, the issue isn't so simple.
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