PROSTITUTION IN HOCHELAGA: EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID MUST BE GRANTED

MPs Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Carole Poirier and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough Mayor Réal Ménard demand help for women prostitutes in the district

HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE — Emergency financial aid must be granted by the three levels of government to help women prostitutes in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, say New Democrat MPs Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet and Carole Poirier, and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough Mayor Réal Ménard.

The three elected officials held a joint press conference this afternoon to present the details of this request. Government aid would allow for people from CAP St-Barnabé to be recruited to open a respite centre, the relocation of the Dopamine organization on St. Catherine Street and the creation of social housing for women in the process of detoxification.

“Women prostitutes who are trying to get out of their situation need support and resources,” explained New Democrat MP Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet. “Increasing repression and criminalizing them does not help. We must create a continuum of services to support them at each step. Adequate funding is crucial to the success of this support.”

“It’s time to attack the root of the problem and support women who want to get out of prostitution,” said the PQ Member Carole Poirier. “We need to take action for the health of these women, the time for talk is over: we need to act, and quickly,” she concluded.

“A concerted effort is the best way to help those in need,” said the mayor of the borough, Réal Ménard. “Every effort must be made to provide services to women prostitutes. This is essential to maintaining peace in our community.”

The three elected officials say that for too long, authorities have only displaced the problem. It’s time for the city, Quebec and the federal government to work together.

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David Patry, Press Secretary, Quebec Caucus Services
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