Quebec's Cyber Porn Boom

Cory Kincaid
MONTREAL, Quebec -- Word is spreading fast and far that Montreal, Quebec is a booming cyber porn hub, and in many instances the Internet has provided the "Québécois" with a way of adapting the more traditional elements of the offline pornography and sex trade industries into the prolific and highly profitable realm of the Internet.

According to Nicolas Ritoux of The Press, the Internet has opened up the golden age of pornography for young producers in Quebec, many of whom have gained worldwide notoriety for featuring girls from their own region.

Ritoux calls the Canadian porn industry: "The uncontested queen of the electronic trade."

With the advent of higher bandwidth and technology deals with Sprint and Bell Canada, the Québécois are on the verge of enormous porn consumption and production, states Ritoux.

A spokesperson for adult entertainment company Abbraxxa.com, a site that specializes in extreme porn, said that Montreal is only just at the beginning of its conquest of the Internet for adults. The entire adult landscape in Canada has shifted away from being an anomaly to being mainstream and full of positive growth, the spokesperson added.

"At the beginning, there was an attempt to control the local market by specifying that certain adult sites were rare and independent," the spokesperson said. "Now Quebec is full of companies that are born again and which compete in a respectful way."

Recent statistics state that a multitude of porn sites run out of Quebec garner more than 75 percent of their traffic from the U.S. The Quebec sex industry in its entirety reaps in an estimated $350 million yearly and is growing at a rate of 4 percent each year.

Quebec has also been named the hottest destinations for sex in North America.

According to Ritoux, porn magazines and videos are relegated to a very limited market in Quebec, whereas cyber porn is limitless, and with that limitless comes an enormous revenue stream.

Many Canadian porn producers have found a growing interest and demand for amateur porn content, which many feel is the very foundation of cyber porn.

In addition to a surplus of technologies and distributors in the Canadian porn sector, Quebec has three major producers: Wild Rose Productions (WRP), Gamma, and Dugmor.

WRP is credited with starting the adult amateur craze in Canada, while Dugmor got its start in the nineties with a network exchange called: "Dudes That Trade Nudes."

"The key to success is promotion," said Dugmor. "It is necessary to exchange traffic by way of publicity with other sites, and this traffic must be pre-qualified, which means that it should be organized in homogeneous categories, according to niches. The guy who seeks breasts will not share the traffic of the guy which seeks buttocks."

According to one industry insider, the Canadian porn industry functions like an underwater ecosystem, large sharks with small shrimps. "You meet partners on your level, you remain with small fish and you grow bigger gradually, until you are charging $24.95 or $19.99 in America dollars. If you have 5 visits per day and I have 5,000 of them, I will not exchange my lucrative traffic with you."

One barrier for many online porn companies is the French/English barrier and the cultural snobbishness that accompanies cross-border relations.

According to Ritoux, many of the porn models used in amateur videos prefer to speak their own language and not pander to the demands of foreign markets.

And while most of the web sites produced in Quebec are in English, the BrunoB.com site shows videos where the girls speak in French. BrunoB.com, which is produced by the company Gamma, presents its models as though they were beginners.

"On the Internet, the scenario of the maniac and the small, naive one are a pledge of success," said Ritoux.

American sites like BangBus.com or ExploitedTeens.com have pursued the same themes where the girls are unaware of what awaits them.

"Everyone knows Québécois are rascals," said Ritoux. "Very sexy Montreal is an international destination of sexual tourism, and our dancers and escorts with the french-touch supply without slackening our stock of American currencies.