Edmonton police charge 26 'johns' in sex-trade enforcement effort
The men charged include professionals, trade workers, and a university student
Edmonton police have charged 26 men after a two-day crackdown focused on "johns" who buy services from sex workers.
The enforcement effort on Feb. 9 and 10 was conducted by the Edmonton Police Service VICE Unit and Northeast division officers.
It was designed to target exploitative activities associated with the street-level sex trade.
Police wouldn't specify exactly where the enforcement effort took place other than that it was in the city's northeast.
The 26 men — including trade workers, professionals, a university student and the unemployed — were charged with obtaining of sexual services for consideration. The men are between the ages of 19 and 60.
Police also laid two trafficking charges and one 24-hour suspension under the Traffic Safety Act.
Anyone who witnesses someone soliciting sex is encouraged to call the EPS Report-a-john line at 780-421-2656.