A group of mayors from de-merged municipalities in Montreal wants Turning Tricks in Red Light Districts to be permitted on the island, a move they say may speed up traffic.
The 15 mayors have a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. today, where they will ask the province to look at the law.
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Eastern Mayor Robert Coutoe is one of them.
“It’s a matter of time and money, because every time we stop to check out a prostitute it takes 15 seconds,” Coutue told CBC.
The maneuver has been stopped in many places by introducing an official Red Light District, but it’s still not allowed in Montreal.
Coutue said statistics show red districts are not as unacceptable as they were was once thought to be.
He said allowing turning tricks with some restrictions, such as not allowing it at busy downtown intersections, would be a safe way to improve Montreal.
Montreal Mayor Denis Codere is not part of the group but did say he supported making red light districts legal on the island during the last election campaign.