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Prostitution sting nets 12 arrests, a Taser and cocaine

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Burnaby RCMP's Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) recently completed its  latest prostitution sting along the Kingsway corridor.

The project, ongoing since June 2010 between Boundary Road and 10th Avenue, is part of the detachment's crime reduction strategy and in response to concerns raised by citizens.

The sting earlier this month resulted in 12 charges of communication for the purpose of prostitution. Of the 12 people arrested, two were female sex trade workers and 10 were "Johns."

In addition, one man was found to be in possession of a Taser and was also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. Two men were found to be in possession of cocaine which led to charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

To date, the project has resulted in 51 prostitution-related charges.

Referring to the weapon being found, Burnaby RCMP Chief Supt. Dave Critchley said, "This type of behavior poses a great risk to the sex trader workers, the members, and the community as whole.

"One of our main goals in these types of projects it to identify the sex trade worker and provide them with the necessary community assistance. We are pleased to see a reduction in the number of sex trade workers in the area and a drastic reduction in calls for service.”

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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