Two of the city’s most notorious sex strolls suffered a dent after a two-week undercover vice sting busted 50 alleged prostitutes and johns, and led to the seizure of 25 vehicles.
Vice unit Staff Sgt. Colin Adair said the operation focused on areas along downtown’s 3rd Avenue SW and 17th Avenue SE and ended up with the men and women facing 64 prostitution-related charges.
But despite the arrests, Adair says street prostitution actually only accounts for 10 to 15 per cent of the entire scope of the problem.
“There’s a lot more indoor prostitution, there’s a lot more behind closed doors. There’s bawdy houses, the Internet — that’s a big part of it,” Adair said.
The seized cars were worth between $2,000 and $70,000 each, Adair added, and a lot of the cars will be returned after the cases go to court. Since the program began in 2006, 258 vehicles have been seized.
“A lot of the arrests were first time offenders,” Adair said, adding police haven’t seen a lot of recidivism amongst the johns.
Police also made arrests on nine outstanding warrants.