CA: Woman found slain in Burnaby park identified as 27-year-old Carla Marie Smith

VANCOUVER SUN
Tuesday, February 16, 2011

Kim Bolan

Second woman in a week found slain in a Metro Vancouver park

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Carla Marie Smith, 27, has been identified as the woman found slain in a North Burnaby park Monday.
Photograph by: Photo submitted, Special to the Vancouver Sun

METRO VANCOUVER — The woman found slain in a North Burnaby park Monday has been identified as 27-year-old Carla Marie Smith.

Smith was known to Vancouver police as being involved in the sex trade, Cpl. Dale Carr of the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Tuesday.

She also used the names Carmen and Justine.

Carr said investigators have not yet determined the cause of death, or if Smith died where she was discovered or at another location.

“We are hoping that today’s autopsy will assist us with that determination,” Carr said. Continue reading

Canada: Abuse standard treatment: sex workers

Concern Over Police Conduct; Advocacy group to ask rights commission to
conduct inquiry into claims against police

By Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen
December 1, 2010

Ottawa police are facing new allegations of misconduct, this time toward the city’s sex workers.

A report to be released today by Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist (POWER) claims that city police officers regularly assault, abuse and harass prostitutes and other sex workers.

A few of the sex workers interviewed said they’d even been strip-searched by officers in public areas.

The findings have prompted POWER, a sex-worker-led advocacy organization, to ask the Ontario Human Rights Commission to conduct a public inquiry into the Ottawa police’s “systemic discrimination” against sex workers.

In an 11-page letter to the rights commission, POWER says the Ottawa 7Police Service discriminates against sex workers on three prohibited grounds — sex, ethnicity and “perceived disability.” Continue reading

The Nation: Students and Sex Work

“After doing massage therapy for a while, I am now working as an escort full-time. I see two to three clients a day. Seventy-five per cent of my clients are kinkier and twenty-five per cent want vanilla sex or massage with orgasms.”

This is how a Canadian male student, who wishes to remain anonymous, describes how he started to consider sex work earlier this year to raise funds to attend a midwifery school in New Zealand. As a massage therapist working in Vancouver (one of Canada’s most liberal cities) who identifies as “sex positive” and sexually experimental, he found the transition to working as an escort “pretty natural.”

“Students who are considering sex work need to be extremely conscious of their safety.”
-Trina Ricketts, founder of nakedtruth.ca

“The work is what you make it,” he says. “I find it really rewarding to help clients explore their sexuality.” Continue reading

Canada: Prostitution laws struck down by Ont. court

September 28, 2010, By CBC News

An Ontario court has thrown out key provisions of Canada’s anti-prostitution laws in response to a constitutional challenge by a Toronto dominatrix and two prostitutes in 2009.

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice ruled Tuesday the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution contribute to the danger faced by sex-trade workers.

In her ruling, Justice Susan Himel said it now falls to Parliament to “fashion corrective action.”

“It is my view that in the meantime these unconstitutional provisions should be of no force and effect, particularly given the seriousness of the charter violations,” Himel wrote. Continue reading

Canada: The new Prohibition

The new Prohibition

Steve Bosch/Postmedia News

The federal government announced new measures to combat organized crime like prostitution, illegal gambling and drug trafficking on Aug. 4, 2010.
Terence Corcoran, National Post · Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010

The Harper government, fresh from botching its alleged pander to the libertarian wing of the Conservative party with its voluntary census plan, appears to be having no problem steamrolling over the libertarian wing’s sensitivities on crime. In back-to-back performances this week, two Cabinet ministers invoked harsh tough-on-crime motives that show the Tories’ concern about individual rights to be a fleeting interest compared with their enthusiasm for escalating the bonkers American war on drugs, gambling and sex. Continue reading

Manitoba: Hotels to watch for sex exploitation

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | 6:05 PM CT

CBC News

The Manitoba government and the provincial hotel industry are teaming up in an effort to crack down on child sexual exploitation.

Wednesday, the province said staff at hotels will be trained to spot situations where a child might be at risk of being exploited by a guest and how to notify authorities of their suspicions.

‘There should be jail time. There should be huge penalties. There should be fines’—Rebecca, a former sex-trade worker

“We’re working with the hospitality industry and putting abusers on notice that people aren’t going to look the other way when they bring these young victims into hotels,” Gord Mackintosh, the provincial family services minister said. Continue reading

Vancouver: Exotic dancer denounces protest

VANCOUVER COURIER
Friday, February 26, 2010

Sandra Thomas

An exotic dancer who works in Vancouver says a group protesting the sex industry during the 2010 Olympic Games is putting dancers at risk and interfering with their ability to make a living.

Trina Ricketts, a Surrey resident, accused local group REED, “Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity,” of using the Games to draw attention to their anti-sex work and abolition campaigns.

“What they’re abolishing is dancers’ incomes,” said Ricketts, who recently returned to exotic dancing after taking several years off. “And people take risks when they’re financially desperate.” Continue reading

Canada: There are warnings, but not all hear

VANCOUVER SUN
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Lori Culbert
p. A8

Hitchhiking, once considered a normal means of transportation, is
blamed for many disappearances

NEAR STELLAKO, B.C. he slight figure has pulled the hood of her white
sweater over her head, for some feeble protection from the cold
late-November wind, and nearly blends anonymously into the snowy
background of this barren stretch of Highway 16.

Liza Nooski, 19, trudges along the tarmac where it turns due north to
curve around the west end of Fraser Lake, the bottom of her pants
covered in the brown sludge that lines the road after sanding trucks
cover the previous night’s snowfall. Continue reading

Canada: Mother’s death a puzzle with missing pieces

VANCOUVER SUN
Monday, December 14, 2009
Lori Culbert

Mary Jane Hill died on Highway 16. Thirty years later, a daughter who
was six months old at the time seeks answers

PRINCE RUPERT — Vicki Hill was just six months old when her mother
was found dead along Highway 16.

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IAN SMITH/VANCOUVER SUN
Memories of her murdered mother, Mary Jane Hill, displayed by daughter
Vicki Hill. Over a period of more than 40 years, more than two dozen
women have vanished or been found murdered along Hwy. 16. Many of the
young women were hitchhiking.

Thirty years later, the case remains unsolved. Continue reading

Canada: Murder meeting drew investigators

VANCOUVER SUN
Monday, December 14, 2009
Neal Hall
p. A9.

About 40 detectives turned out to compare notes on Highway Murders in
B.C. and Alberta

In 1981, a Kamloops RCMP investigator named Mike Eastham organized a
conference to compare notes on the growing number of unsolved female
homicides along highways in the Interior of B.C. and into Alberta.

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VANCOUVER SUN FILES
Sgt. Mike Eastham of the Kamloops RCMP detachment (left) discusses
information on unsolved slayings of 28 women on B.C. and Alberta
highways with Cpl. Ray Munroe of Edmonton and Cpl. Dwight Hoglund of
Calgary in Kamloops, on Nov. 18, 1981. Continue reading