New guildelines for VPD regarding enforcement against sex workers

After concerns about sex workers not wanting to report rape were raised by the Missing Women inquiry, Vancouver police will finally consider new guidelines concerning enforcement against sex workers. The new enforcement strategy, called ICEE for “investigate, communicate, educate, enforcement and exit,” stressed enforcement as a last resort, treating sex workers with dignity, and assisting with exit strategies where appropriate.

“Indiscriminate enforcement of the prostitution laws can undermine sex trade workers' relationships with police and decrease their ability to reach out to police for help," said the report by VPD Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke.

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