Contact your police chiefs, expressing your concern about how they are implementing the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) . See link below for BC police.
You may write your own letter, or simply copy and paste the sample letters below.
Law enforcement efforts across Canada vary from city to city. Check out your local police force for their guidelines on enforcing the new prostitution law.
Some cities in Canada, such as Calgary and Edmonton, have given law enforcement the authority to seize motor vehicles as a deterrent to tackle the demand side of prostitution. “You Cruise, You Lose.”
Edmonton also has a program called “Report a John” with the prime purpose of tracking john activity in the community.
When writing public officials, be sure to remember the following guidelines:
• Thank the official for the work he or she is already doing on this issue.
• State that you are writing as a private or concerned citizen.
• Specifically request the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36).
• Be polite and respectful.
• Date the letter and ask to hear back.
Chief Constable Adam Palmer
Vancouver Police Department
3585 Gravely St.
Vancouver, BC V5K 5J5
Dear Chief Constable Palmer:
Thank you for your work thus far combatting human trafficking in Vancouver.
I am writing as a concerned citizen to request the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) throughout Vancouver.
Ending sex trafficking and prostitution in B.C. is an important gender equality and human rights issue, particularly as Canada’s First Nations peoples are disproportionately affected by these issues. Without addressing the demand for buying sex, as the Act does, we cannot hope to reduce the number of victimized persons.
As you may know, Canada’s new laws on prostitution must be evaluated after five years. How can the law be fairly assessed when it has not been enforced? When a similar law was enacted in Sweden, it was found to be quite successful. During a visit to Vancouver last year, Detective Inspector Simon Haggstrom, of the Stockholm Police Prostitution Unit, stated that it had reduced trafficking in that country.
Canada’s new law has put our nation at the forefront of global change towards a more just society. However, the law must be uniformly enforced so that a fair assessment can be made. How can the efficacy of the law be assessed, when it has not been enforced?
I ask you to ensure that the Vancouver Police Department enforces the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.