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Tuesday June 30 2015
12:47 PM EDT
2014-01-28 at 14:49

Operation Northern Spotlight seeks out women forced into sex trade

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Thunder Bay Police say they took part in a nation-wide blitz trying to find women being coerced or forced to work in the sex-trade industry.

In a release issued on Tuesday, police say they interviewed 20 women between 22 and 48 on the streets of Thunder Bay as part of Operation Northern Spotlight and found three they believed to be under some level of control.

“They were offered support services, including health care and mental/emotional supports in hopes they can consider other options,” police spokeswoman Julie Tilbury said in a release.

Police also asked anyone involved in a similar situation, or that knows someone in peril, to come forward.

“TBPS takes these cases seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation, as well as protect the victims of this crime,” Tilbury said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Dale Robertson at 1-807-684-1237.

Other resources in Thunder Bay include:

Human Trafficking and Victim Resources in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Police Service
In an emergency situation: 911
Non-emergency: 1-807-684-1200

Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services
Phone: 1-807-684-1051
Email: tbavs@tbaytel.net

Walk With Me Canada Victim Services
Phone: 1-866-528-7109
Email: Victimcare@walk-with-me.org

Thunder Bay Crisis Response Service
Phone: 1-807-346-8282

Thunder Bay Sexual Abuse / Sexual Assault Counseling & Crisis Centre
Phone: 1-807-345-0894

Kid's Help Line
Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Assaulted Women's Help Line

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Ranma says:
If they legalized this, and put in the proper protections and checks and balances, this things would not happen. But let's continue to let women be targets. Legalizing prostitution, licensing women, and men, and giving them regular exams and access to other services, will ensure their safety, and their clients safety.
1/28/2014 7:52:11 PM
trevor99 says:
I appreciate what TBT is doing in this article but I have to believe that the women involved in this trade spend very little time reading the news.

These women need shelter for safety, improved education and likely medical help for addictions and they need to be fed.

Lets assume for the moment these women are under some sort of control. By offering these services to these women does anyone really think that is going to solve a person's issue.

If they are being controlled by fear or dependency, they need strong intervention to be assisted not a business card with phone numbers. Works great on the hour tv shows, but not really in reality.

But on a positive at least the police can say look at us we tried.
1/28/2014 6:00:12 PM
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