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Anti-prostitution laws targeted at Pickton inquiry, not failed police probe

Winnipeg Free Press
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

VANCOUVER - 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 Tuesday questioned the wisdom of making sex work a crime.

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