Human Trafficking Unit rescues sex trade workers from local hotels

OTTAWA —  Leading up to Grey Cup weekend, 20 women were identified as sex trade workers at 11 local hotels. Two of those women were immediately rescued from abusive situations.

This was all part of a four-day initiative conducted between November 22 and 25.

Officers also identified some of the people responsible for victimizing these women.

“This initiative was run during the week of Grey Cup festivities in Ottawa as statistics show prostitution demand increases during large-scale events,” said Inspector Jim Elves of Investigative Support. “A majority of sex trade workers are trafficked against their will. We work really hard to protect our most vulnerable population.”

This police operation coincides with the White Ribbon Campaign which runs from November 25 to December 6. The campaign encourages men, young and old, to wear a white ribbon to show their support for the elimination of Violence Against Women.

The police investigation into these matters continue.

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