Tag Archive | police abuse

Native, women’s groups step up boycott of ‘deeply flawed’ process

By Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun

Fifteen groups, including aboriginal organizations, plan to boycott the policy forums next month of the “flawed’ Missing Women Inquiry.

“The commission has lost all credibility among aboriginal, sex work, human rights and women’s organizations that work with and are comprised of the very women most affected by the issues this inquiry is charged with investigating,” the groups stated Tuesday in a letter to Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal.

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Sexual harassment alleged at Missing Women Inquiry workplace

Former Missing Women Inquiry employees allege they were subjected to sexist comments

The head of B.C.’s Missing Women Inquiry says he is appalled by anonymous allegations that male staff created a highly sexualized work environment at the commission workplace.

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Vancouver Police – Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines

The Vancouver police board are considering the adoption of new sex worker enforcement guidelines that will encourage officers to treat sex trade workers with “dignity and respect in order to build relationships and increase the safety and protection of vulnerable women working the streets.”

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Enforcement against sex workers to be used as ‘last resort’: VPD report

BY NEAL HALL, VANCOUVER SUN MARCH 17, 2012

The Vancouver police board will next week consider adopting new sex worker enforcement guidelines encouraging officers to treat sex trade workers with dignity and respect in order to build relationships and increase the safety and protection of vulnerable women working the streets.

Women feel no safer now than when Pickton prowled Downtown Eastside, inquiry told

BY SUZANNE FOURNIER, THE PROVINCE FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Lee Hamiltion addresses the commission.

Vancouver sex trade workers are still being told by police to move to dark and dangerous “containment zones” north of East Hastings St., the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry was told Tuesday.

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Officer who investigated missing women got scare while posing as prostitute

BY NEAL HALL, POSTMEDIA NEWS JANUARY 30, 2012

VANCOUVER – The officer first assigned to investigate the missing women case recalled Monday that she got a scare while posing undercover as a prostitute.

Vancouver police Const. Lori Shenher said she did “John” stings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and, while posing as a sex trade worker, was grabbed by a man in a car.

The man wouldn’t look at her while he talked to her, Shenher told the Missing Women inquiry.

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Sex workers want an end to street sweeps by police

Tactic puts women at greater risk, advocate group says

BY CANDICE SO, OTTAWA CITIZEN WITH FILES FROM ZEV SINGER JANUARY 24, 2012

A coalition representing local sex trade workers is urging Ottawa police to stop cracking down on prostitutes in monthly sting operations.

The group’s open letter to police was sent in response to the warning Chief Vern White issued in December, saying investigators had detected a pattern in the deaths of a number of sex trade workers. The police also issued a safety advisory, advising sex workers to work in teams and to avoid isolated areas.

But the coalition, which is made up of six local groups, says this advice only exposes sex workers as obvious targets for arrest. They’re especially afraid of being caught in a street sweep, an undercover operation where officers start conversations with prostitutes, only to arrest them once an offer of sex for money is made.

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