Farm familiar to sex workers

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Robert Pickton's infamous Port Coquitlam farm was well known in the Downtown Eastside, the Missing Women Inquiry heard yesterday.

Dr. Kate Shannon, director of Gender and Sexual Health Initiative at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, told the inquiry about a research study she led betwee 2005-2008 that interviewed 255 female street-level sex-trade workers.

As part of the MAKA project, Shannon's team found that 23 of the women questioned had been to Pickton's farm, and 73 per cent of respondents personally knew someone who had visited the convicted serial killer's property.