Grand Prix, G-7 linked to spike in online ads for sex services

A company which tracks online offers of sexual services says the number of ads in the province has nearly doubled since the beginning of the month, as the Grand Prix prepared to roll in to Montreal and the G-7 into to the Charlevoix region.  

The tracking software was developed by former cop Paul Laurier and his company, Vigiteck.  

It looks for ads for escorts and massage parlours on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Kijiji.  

The Journal de Montreal reports that number of offers went from about 500 at the end of May to a thousand as of last weekend.  

About 55-percent were posted for the Montreal region, with 16-percent in the Quebec City area, the metropolis closest to the G-7 summit site in La Malbaie.