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26 ‘johns’ arrested and charged with obtaining sexual services in Edmonton

Edmonton's VICE Unit arrested and charged 26 men over two days with obtaining sexual services.
Edmonton's VICE Unit arrested and charged 26 men over two days with obtaining sexual services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Over a two-day period this month, members of Edmonton’s VICE Unit arrested and charged 26 men for allegedly paying for sexual acts from sex workers.

Edmonton police said officers spent Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10 conducting “proactive enforcement to effectively disrupt exploitative activities associated with street-level consumers of the sex trade.”

In total, 26 men between the ages of 19 and 60 were arrested and charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration under the Criminal Code.

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Police said the men charged include “a university student, trade workers, professionals and unemployed.”

Officers also laid two trafficking charges and one 24-hour suspension under the Traffic Safety Act.

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“VICE Unit takes this exploitative behaviour seriously,” Staff Sgt. Dale Johnson said. “The police work hard to deter ‘johns’ from our neighbourhoods and to keep our communities safe.”

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Anyone who witnesses solicitation of sex in their neighbourhood is asked to call the Report-a-John line at (780) 421-2656.

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