Former sex-trade workers covered Pickton court case
The Robert Pickton murder trial was a "continual roller-coaster" for a pair of former sex-workers turned citizen journalists.
"It was amazing for my own personal healing, working through my issues to figure out who I am now," said Trisha Baptie, 34.
She and fellow sex-trade worker Pauline Von Koll, 43, spent almost a year covering the trial for orato.com.
"I learned that what I was doesn’t define who I am … I don’t have to carry it around with a bunch of shame."
She hoped her stories gave people insight into the trial, but it wasn’t always easy.
"At times it was (difficult) to know how close I came to being one of them," said Von Koll, who plans to take broadcast journalism at BCIT.
Van Koll, who knew three of Pickton’s six victims, said she remembers sitting in a pub at the Astoria Hotel when Pickton came in and tried to sell her some pork.