Prostitution may be more visible on the streets of Kamloops following a decision by Craigslist to shutter the personal ads section of its website.
The site linked people from the sex trade to Johns purchasing sex. The decision by Craigslist was prompted by a bill in the United States called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.
“That has had an impact in terms of how many individuals are in the sex trade that are now resorting to being back out on the streets,” ASK Wellness executive director Bob Hughes said, noting sex workers have said the Internet makes the profession safer, allowing them to screen clients.
Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said police will be targeting Johns in the future.
“An issue that has been brought forward to us is involving the sex trade and targeting Johns that are participating in the sex trade,” Mueller said. “Certainly, we need to focus on that and work with our partner agencies to continue to combat that issue.”