A Canadian sex trade worker.
JONATHAN HAYWARD / The Canadian Press file photo
As Montreal’s tourist season is set to go into full gear with the running of the Grand Prix next month, police in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil are turning to the local hotel and the transportation industry to help them crack down on pimps and prostitution rings.The RADAR program has seen the three police departments partner with the Hotel Association of Greater Montreal, the Montreal Taxi Bureau, Info-Crime Montréal, Quebec’s network of aid to victims of crime, and Sun Youth in an effort to train those on the front lines of the tourism industry to recognize the telltale signs that a prostitution ring could be using their resources to operate.Police note that pimps routinely use hotels and rental properties as bases of operations and taxis and other transportation services to move their victims to their clients. The three police departments are offering training courses to people working in those industries to detect such activities.Companies interested in participating can contact Montreal police at 514-280-2012, Laval police at 450-978-6888 ext. 3485 and Longueuil police at 450-463-7373.Related