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Pickton inquiry focus shifts to prostitution laws

CBC News
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Canada's prostitution laws have quickly become the focus of the public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case, not the police investigation that failed for years to catch the serial killer.

Yet another witness this week questioned the wisdom of making sex work a crime.

Kate Shannon on Tuesday echoed earlier testimony that the law and the police officers who enforce it have made life more dangerous for teh poor, drug-addicted prostitutes in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where Pickton hunted for his victims until he was arrested in 2002.