Quebec creates multiforce squad to fight prostitution, human trafficking


Saying the problem of prostitution isn’t limited to a single jurisdiction, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux announced on Friday the creation of a multi-force squad to aimed at fighting prostitution and human trafficking.

Flanked by officers from the Montreal police department and the Sûreté du Québec, Coiteux said the squad would be based on the “combined regional squads” — a multi-jurisdictional task force first used in Quebec during the criminal biker wars in the 1990s.

The anti-prostitution squad would be based in Montreal and include investigators from Montreal, Quebec City, Gatineau, Longueuil, the SQ and the RCMP. While operational costs would be borne in part by police department budgets, the province would also provide the squad with $6.4 million over the next five years.

More to come.