Sex-trade police enforcement changing in Ottawa
As the federal government works to draft new prostitution laws, Judy Trinh reports on how Ottawa police are also trying to rework how they deal with the changing face of the sex trade.
As government drafts new laws, police are trying different approaches
As the federal government works to draft new prostitution laws, Ottawa police are also trying to rework how they deal with the changing face of the sex trade.
CBC News reporter Judy Trinh has been investigating Ottawa's human trafficking industry.
Click on the links below to read and watch some of our reports on the state of the sex trade and the shift happening with Ottawa policing.
Police chief wants laws to target johns
Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau says he'd like to see the country's prostitution laws follow the leads of countries like Sweden and France, who have laws that target the men who buy sex instead of the prostitutes themselves.
- WATCH ON MOBILE: Chief Charles Bordeleau on prostitution laws
New anti-prostitution laws urged
As the federal government reviews three anti-prostitution laws struck down by the Supreme Court, some people want the new laws to target men who pay for sex, making the buying of sex illegal.
- WATCH ON MOBILE: Anti-prostitution laws should target johns
Police target human trafficking
Researchers and police say they are targeting a $26 million industry that’s one of the most dangerous in Ottawa: human trafficking.
- WATCH ON MOBILE: 'Sarah' tells how she was forced into prostitution
Ottawa police shift focus in sex-trade sweeps
Ottawa police made 117 arrests in prostitution-related sweeps last year, but in a dramatic shift from just four years ago, all of the people arrested were "johns", or men police say were attempting to pay to have sex.
- WATCH ON MOBILE: Police sex-trade sweeps change