British Columbia

Two Vancouver sex workers violently assaulted

Vancouver Police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted two women working as sex trade workers on Sept. 2.

Women were attacked near Kingsway and Tyne Street, police say

Vancouver police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted two female sex trade workers on Sept. 2.

Around 5:30 a.m. PT, police say a man approached a sex trade worker on Kingsway near Tyne Street. He allegedly asked for sex, then became very agitated, demanded his money back and punched the woman in the face. She screamed and the man fled on foot, police said.

Officers responding to calls and began searching for the suspect. During that search, police say they located a second victim who informed officers she had also just been attacked in a similar manner.

In her case, a man requesting sex for money, hit her in the arm with a bat or pipe after demanding his money back, police said.

A number of officers and a police dog searched for the suspect, but were not successful.

The first woman suffered a bruised face, while the other had a possible elbow fracture.

Police say the suspect is believed to be white, in his mid-20s, clean shaven, with a slim build. He was wearing jeans, a grey or beige sweatshirt and a red baseball cap.

Anyone who witnessed the incidents or has any information is asked to call Vancouver police or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.