A targeted police investigation led to the arrest of 15 sex trade workers last week in downtown Maple Ridge.
This was the latest effort by Ridge Meadows RCMP to clean up the streets and address complaints from the community.
“It is illegal and when it is that type of activity that is so blatantly obvious, the police do have to act and intervene from time to time,” said officer-in-charge Supt. Dave Walsh.
The article goes on to say that the customers are diverted to social programs:
Men are diverted to the prostitution offender program, run by the John Howard Society, on a weekly basis, Walsh said. The program aims to give men a greater understanding of the social issues that stem from prostitution.
Nowhere does it mention that the men are arrested or charged for their part in this age-old dilemma. How much quicker the streets would be cleared if the men's pictures and their stories were made public.
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