Topless Protest Planned Downtown Montreal During Grand Prix Weekend
Another Grand Prix, another topless protest.
Every year at the Grand Prix in Montreal, women take to the streets to protest the huge spike in sexual exploitation that occurs in Montreal during the internationally-acclaimed sporting event.
The protest is often hosted by NYC-based activist, Digna Rabbia, as will be the case again this year.
Her goal, more than just interrupting the event, is to bring attention to this issue and the plight of sex workers all year round, not just in the weekend that the Grand Prix is in Montreal.
Montreal, and Quebec as a province, are notorious for it's sex work industry. Just three months ago,that pimps have started to move to there to increase their business.
Often, the underage girls that end up in Quebec City are from Montreal or Laval, where there is also a huge prevalence of sex work, both by minors and women of age.
The caption for the post above reads: "Tomorrow I am hosting my final event in Montreal. I will be asking Grand Prix audiences their thoughts on sex work -- hope to see you there and hear your thoughts."
Rabbia works with and associated with FEMEN, "an interational women's movement of brave topless female activists painted with the slogans."
There is a long history of feminist protest at the Grand Prix to highlight the issue of prostitution in the city. As far back aswomen have been crashing Grand Prix parties and events.
The caption to post above reads: "I know Montreal is consumed by the Grand Prix, but I urge you to think about pressing issues facing Montreal while you are visiting. Share your thoughts on sex work in Montreal with me tomorrow."
The photo above was taken at a protest that happened at the Grand Prix.
As the photo above indicates, the protest will go down today, though we have no real indication of where. In the past the FEMEN activists have used Grand Prix parties and racing events, both, to express their discontent with the state of sexual exploitation in Montreal.
And whether or not you agree with their tactics, FEMEN does bring an important issue to light: what are we doing about the rampant sexual exploitation that occurs in Montreal and the greater province of Quubec?
Regardless of the Grand Prix, this issue stands year round, and sex workers are human beings with rights as any other.
So what are we doing to protect them?
For updates from Digna Rabbia herself, head to her Instagram page here.