Moncton, New Brunswick – Ten men have been arrested in Moncton during the last two weeks for allegedly soliciting sexual services.
The Codiac Regional RCMP conducted two recent police operations, targeting individuals attempting to buy services from sex trade workers in the Moncton area. The operations were conducted on October 14 and 27, 2016, in the area of Dufferin Street.
In all, 10 men ranging in age from 25 to 80 years old were arrested for communicating for the purposes of obtaining sexual services. The men are from Moncton, Cocagne, Memramcook, Grand-Barachois, Saint-Andrews, Colpitts Settlement, Oxford, N.S., and Nouvelle, QC.
All of the men who were arrested will appear in Moncton Provincial Court on January 9, 2017.
The RCMP in New Brunswick also recently participated in a national initiative known as Operation Northern Spotlight. The initiative between Canadian law enforcement agencies and those who work in the sex trade encourages dialogue in an effort to gather information, offer assistance to those working in the sex trade, and discuss alternatives to this high-risk lifestyle.
“When it comes to prostitution, the main objective for law enforcement is to send a strong message to those who wish to exploit vulnerable women and men, and to reduce the harm brought on by prostitution to ensure safe homes and safe communities for all citizens,” says Cpl. Jacques Cloutier of the Codiac Regional RCMP. “We also want to protect those who work in the sex trade, raise awareness about services that are available to them, and encourage them to report incidents of violence and hopefully consider alternatives to this lifestyle.”
Codiac Regional RCMP
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