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Calgary police charge 27 in sex trade investigation after prostitution complaints

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Citing prostitution-related complaints from two areas in south Calgary, police launched an investigation last week that resulted in charges against 27 people.

The operation took place between April 26 and April 29 in the areas of 15 Avenue and 2 Street S.W. and 19 Avenue and 48 Street S.E. Police said the goal was to reduce illegal activity and connect with sex trade workers to “build a positive relationship and provide any resources they may need to assist them in leaving the sex trade.”

“Although we know the vast majority of the sex trade has moved behind doors, facilitated through online networks, traditional locations are still being used,” Calgary Police Service VICE Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta said in a statement.

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The charges were related to unlawfully communicating with any person for the purpose of obtaining sexual services, along with seven summonses for traffic-related offences. Nineteen warrants for unrelated criminal code charges were also executed, police said.

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Police said detailed information will not be released due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.