B.C. micro-brothels thriving

Silhouette of woman in the bedroom. (Fotolia.com)

Silhouette of woman in the bedroom. (Fotolia.com)

Jeremy Nuttall, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:33 AM ET

VANCOUVER - A crackdown on Lower Mainland massage parlours has led to an increase in so-called micro-brothels run out of apartments and rental properties around the region, according to experts.

Sex-worker activist Sue Davis said buying and selling sex is legal between consenting adults in private, but when someone rents an apartment and allows others to use it for sex acts as employees it becomes a brothel and illegal.

Despite the clampdown and closures, brothel operators are still willing to accommodate sex workers looking for a safe place to work, she said.

“Instead of being an agency owner with one static location you’ve got 10 suites where different workers go and make money,” Davis said.


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