Ottawa cops visit local sex workers

Police say they're posing as johns and visiting sex workers in a bid to find the hidden victims of...

Police say they're posing as johns and visiting sex workers in a bid to find the hidden victims of human trafficking -- especially underage girls. (Fotolia)

Megan Gillis, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:11 PM ET

OTTAWA — Police say they’re posing as johns and visiting sex workers in a bid to find the hidden victims of human trafficking -- especially underage girls.

But one Ottawa escort and a local advocate for sex-trade workers say they’re making the women suspicious and scared, not safer.

“Those girls are afraid,” said an escort who wanted to remain anonymous.

She hasn’t been targeted yet but said that other women are abuzz about police calling escorts who advertise online and booking a date.

Then when the woman opens the door to one man, she finds several more officers on her doorstep.

The women fear letting police into their homes -- they are also visiting spas and massage parlours -- being outed to bystanders and being asked for personal information, she said.

“There’s got to be a better way to handle this,” she said.


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