In Depth

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

Victims of human trafficking say laws don't do enough to go after men who seek out sex trade workers. 4:55
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.

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.

Police target human trafficking


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.