Saturday, December 15, 2007

Toronto police unit strives to build trust with sex workers

12/15/07 -- Toronto, Canada - Toronto police have launched a special victims unit devoted solely to investigating sexual assaults against prostitutes in the city. In a year and a half, the four-person unit made 19 arrests and investigated 35 cases, some of women addicted to drugs and hooking on the street, and some of escorts working indoors, who now make up the majority of the trade.

Det. Wendy Leaver said her unit is trying to change the way sex trade workers see police in Toronto and also help prevent abductions, violent crime and homicide in the high risk community. As well, she anticipates the unit will shake up those in society who still view rape among prostitutes as an occupational hazard.

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