News

Ten men caught in Abbotsford John sting

The Abbotsford police arrested 10 men during a John sting conducted on Thursday and Friday (Sept. 13 and 14).

Abbotsord Police Const. Ian MacDonald said the men face charges of communicating for the purposes of prostitution.

They were released on a promise to attend John School, after which charges will be dropped, or they can choose to go through the court process.

He explained John School is a education program that teaches potential sex trade consumers about the victimization of prostitutes from a  physical, emotional and societal standpoint. There is anecdotal evidence that the school is effective.

"We have found the likelihood of encountering them again engaging with sex trade workers is slim," said MacDonald, and added that if the accused are charged a second time they will not be given the opportunity to avoid the courts by going to John School.

The John Sting was conducted in two areas – the historic downtown area, and in the centre of the city – but most of the charges resulted from the downtown sting.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Fraser Health gets new president
 
Surgical waits average five months in B.C.
 
Amrik Virk advised Kwantlen on secret executive bonus
Pardon backlog keeps many from reintegrating
 
Food bank stocks reach a 15-year low
 
Police investigating sexual assault in Mill Lake Park
Tradex will become the North Pole
 
Seven seniors flu clinics reinstated
 
Garbage dumping in Chilliwack targeted in a new way

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 26 edition online now. Browse the archives.