Toronto: Sex workers feel the pinch

TORONTO STAR
Sunday, June 7, 2009

TRISH CRAWFORD
LIVING REPORTER
News p. A12.

Falling prices for services ‘causing a lot of misery’ and raising fears prostitutes will take more risks

PETER POWER/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO
Church St. used to be one of the few main “tracks” for prostitution, but the trade has spread through the city, a support service worker says.

Drag queen “Ray” was enraged when a late-night customer on Toronto’s downtown track offered him $5 for oral sex recently.

“I didn’t spend two hours getting my makeup on and all dressed up for that,” says the 36-year-old former hairdresser from Venezuela, who usually charges $60 for the service. Continue reading