Vancouver police have released a video and a sketch of a suspect after a violent assault on a sex-trade worker in East Vancouver last week.

Around 8 p.m. PT on March 5, a man picked up the 42-year-old woman in the Downtown Eastside. He then drove her to a secluded area where she was allegedly beaten and tied up.

Police say they received several 911 calls half an hour later describing a woman being dragged by a van on Clark Drive near 13th Avenue. The woman had managed to partially free herself and, fearing for her life, jumped from the moving van.

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The suspect is described by police as a white, balding man with a tanned complexion and a moustache or goatee. (VPD)

The suspect is described by police as a white, balding man with a tanned complexion and a moustache or goatee. It's possible he may have an Australian accent.

He was driving a white panel van with roof racks.