Nineteen men in Grande Prairie face charges after initiative targeting prostitution

Hugh Smith

Nineteen men in Grande Prairie are facing charges after an operation by the RCMP targetting prostitution in the city.
Police say the enforcement campaign was held over a three day period last week, and that 19 men between the ages of 23 and 69 were charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration. Four of the men also face additional charges, such as possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, failure to comply, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

“Workers in the sex trade industry represent a vulnerable sector of society," said Superintendent Don McKenna, Officer in Charge of the Grande Prairie Detachment. "Many sex workers suffer from addiction, mental health issues, and were victimized prior to entering the sex trade and are exploited. Police will continue to work with partners such as the PACE Sexual Assault Centre that offers a First Time Offender Prostitution Awareness Program, to protect this vulnerable population.”
A total of thirty-four charges were laid as a result of the campaign.

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