RCMP News release
Grande Prairie, Alberta – Grande Prairie RCMP have arrested and charged thirty five people during an enforcement initiative targeting criminal activities in the City of Grande Prairie.
Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit, Community Policing and General Duty members conducted a four day enforcement operation during last week to address community concerns pertaining to sex trade activities in the downtown area.
Thirty four men and one woman ranging in age from 21 to 74 years old were charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration.
“Workers in the sex trade industry represent a vulnerable sector of society. Many sex workers suffer from addiction, mental health issues, and were victimized prior to entering the sex trade and are exploited. Police will continue to work with partners such as the PACE Sexual Assault Centre that offers a First Time Offender Prostitution Awareness Program, to protect this vulnerable population,” said Superintendent Don McKenna, Officer in Charge of Grande Prairie Detachment.
This enforcement initiative is in line with Grande Prairie Detachment’s Crime Reduction Strategy.
Members of Grande Prairie RCMP are committed to identifying those who are causing the most harm in our community and to targeting their illegal activities.
Grande Prairie RCMP are requesting the public to report suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities in their neighbourhoods. Please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.