Newfoundland new sex trade hot spot thanks to booming economy


B00Mer
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Prostitutes routinely travel from place to place on set "tracks" that are well known to police but you might be surprised to hear Newfoundland and Labrador have become popular stops for Canada's call girls.

According to a CBC News investigation, high-priced escorts are travelling to Newfoundland from as far away as Vancouver, working not just in St. John's but also communities such as Deer Lake, Gander, Clarenville and Corner Brook.

It's not hard to guess why Newfoundland and Labrador now is a destination for sex trade workers. The province's economy, long dependent on fishing and other seasonal work, is flush with money from energy exploration and production and even facing labour shortages in some sectors.

A St. John's-area escort who identified herself as Iris, told CBC News the sex industry is flourishing.

"The local girls that have decided to take it up as a profession, the clientele everything has boomed in the last 16 months," she said. "When I first started, I was in competition with maybe five other ladies. Now, I'm in competition with probably 30 or 40."

Iris said she charges a minimum of $300 an hour and despite a college education and a good family upbringing, did not chose the life out of desperation.

"I chose to do what I do for a living because it affords me a lifestyle that I prefer to have," she told CBC News.

She confirmed the boom in her business seemed due to the economy, including workers returning from highly-paid work in Alberta's oil sands industry.

The word spread quickly, said Iris, who pointed to a friend from Vancouver who made $28,000 after a three-week stint in St. John's.

"Girls are hearing about it," Iris said. "[My friend] went back, told a couple other girls, [and] within a month, there [were] two girls that she knew that came down. So it's word of mouth. Girls pass around, 'You go there and you're going to do very well.' "

Iris told CBC News she uses a local web site to advertise her services. The site's registered owner, Norm Lush, told CBC News that he is not in the prostitution business but started the site because local escorts were being harassed on other sites. He's also set up similar sites in other provinces.

The web-based escort services shouldn't be confused with St. John's traditional hooker strolls, which is flagged in tripadvisor.ca's advisory on travel safety in the province.

"If you make new friends on these streets expect there to be an accompanying price tag," it advises tourists.

Iris said she's just serving a need for companionship, and that many of her clients are well-off married men.

"Don't demonize it too much, because it could be your best friend lying next to one of us," she told CBC News.

But in its in-depth look at the sex trade in the province, CBC News noted other women aren't carefree like Iris. Many come from abusive backgrounds and grappled with substance abuse.

Angela Crockwell, who heads a group called Thrive that fights sexual exploitation and human trafficking, told CBC News she doesn't like sites such as the one Iris uses.

"It's really concerning and really pretty scary. When you think about 18 year olds who are posting on that. Again, from my experience the truth is that most people probably didn't wake up at 18 and make those choices," Crockwell said.

source: Yahoo! News Canada - Latest News & Headlines

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karrie
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Rotating women from city to city is a common tactic for human traffickers. It prevents them forming any social safety net and getting help. So when I hear stories like this, while some of these women might be doing it willingly, it makes me want to cry for the women who are there because they're forced. Sure, they're not teenage girls locked in a basement for ten years, but they're no less prisoners, and no less miserable about what they're being forced to do. It's sad that they earn a mere few sentence blurb in an article like this.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

Rotating women from city to city is a common tactic for human traffickers. It prevents them forming any social safety net and getting help. So when I hear stories like this, while some of these women might be doing it willingly, it makes me want to cry for the women who are there because they're forced. Sure, they're not teenage girls locked in a basement for ten years, but they're no less prisoners, and no less miserable about what they're being forced to do. It's sad that they earn a mere few sentence blurb in an article like this.

Yes, but how do you stop it??

Do you legalize it and require a "sex worker license" and specific areas to work.. I guess this way if you don't have a license they can arrest the girl and check her out to see if she is trafficked.

What's you idea..

I like Calgary's solution.. you get caught picking up a hooker, you lose your car.. assuming you're picking her up in a car.. or hefty fines?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Yes, but how do you stop it??

Do you legalize it and require a "sex worker license" and specific areas to work.. I guess this way if you don't have a license they can arrest the girl and check her out to see if she is trafficked.

What's you idea..

I like Calgary's solution.. you get caught picking up a hooker, you lose your car.. assuming you're picking her up in a car.. or hefty fines?

Calgary's solution is really no solution at all but a cash grab.
 
karrie
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Decriminalizing it and running it with by-laws, business licenses and WCB health screening, is the way to go, imo. It would limit the transiency of it. It would increase the safety for pros and their clients, and the families of said clients. Having it criminal means these women are on the outskirts of society with no way to trust to ask for help. We saw what that gets us when people started sifting through pig **** trying to find shards of bones and teeth to try to figure out how many hookers Pickton killed. You'd think we'd have absorbed that lesson, but no. We as a society are more comfortable with keeping these women marginalized and hidden.

Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Calgary's solution is really no solution at all but a cash grab.

And a punishment for the families of the men caught. They don't need that.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Geezuz buy cun yah shlip me a few extra fins so I can get me a date.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Calgary's solution is really no solution at all but a cash grab.

So legalize it and require a "sex worker license" and a health certificate.

Track sex workers and those who don't have licenses, get put under closer scrutiny and background checks to see if they are part of a traffic ring..

Also, I would love to see stronger prison sentences for the traffickers and property seizure, as they do for drugs.. take away any illegal gains.

Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_Soldier View Post

Geezuz buy cun yah shlip me a few extra fins so I can get me a date.

plentyoffish.com Canadian owned and operated..
 
petros
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Hookers cost less in Wetaskiwin.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Hookers cost less in Wetaskiwin.

Smaller paycheques too. It is a free market.
 
petros
#10
Hookers take cheques?
 
Fingertrouble
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$28,000 on a 3 week stint!

28,000 / $300/hr = 93.33 1 hour sessions! OUCH!!

How the heck did she sit down on the flight home?????
 

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