Steven Elliot Laffin guilty plea ends ‘heartbreaking’ process: advocate

HALIFAX – The executive director of a Halifax organization that provides support for sex-trade workers says she’s relieved that a man accused of murdering a prostitute in 2010 has pleaded guilty.

Rene Ross of Stepping Stone says it marks the end of a long and heartbreaking process.

Ross says she knew the victim, Nadine Anne Taylor, who vanished after leaving her Halifax apartment to use a pay phone in July 2010.

Steven Elliot Laffin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Taylor’s death yesterday, just days after leading police to her remains.

He received an automatic sentence of life in prison.

Taylor’s father, Cecil Taylor, says the family now has some closure.

Ross says clients who abuse or kill sex workers are often not caught and rarely prosecuted.

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She says 19 sex workers have disappeared or been murdered in the Halifax area since 1985.

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