What’s Current: Community members demand Vancouver police address predatory behaviour from pimps & johns

Trisha Baptie at an event called "Creating John-Free Communities," held in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood.
Trisha Baptie at an event called “Creating John-Free Communities,” held in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood.

Residents of the Kingsway-Fraser area in Vancouver say police are not addressing “predatory behaviour” from pimps and johns. The recently formed Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Association is asking the city to enforce the laws that were brought in last year as part of Bill C-36. “We would like to see the police arrest the johns,” said [activist, Trisha] Baptie. “The right approach is to go after the demand. Because that’s what makes the communities unsafe.”

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