Police concerned about child prostitution rumours

Raissa Tetanish
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TRURO Nothing has been substantiated out of rumours of child prostitution happening in the Town of Truro.

Insp. Rob Hearn, with the Truro Police Service, confirmed the service has heard rumours of child prostitution in the area.

“We created a file and passed it along to our criminal investigation unit,” said Hearn. “Nothing has substantiated. We talked to some people, but right now, it’s only a rumour.”

He said the service and some of its officers have heard a rumour over the past couple of months that the illegal activity was occurring in the area.

“There have been instances since I’ve been here where, on two or three occasions, women had been approached,” he said, stressing the women weren’t teenagers. “These women didn’t participate, however, passed along the information to us.”

Back in February, a 36-year-old woman from Halifax was charged with pimping a young girl and using her residence as a bawdy house. Following her arrest and subsequent charges, an investigation located two more victims in their mid-teens.

For Hearn, that is worrisome.

“These people typically target the most vulnerable,” he said. “The most vulnerable are young people that put themselves in high-risk situations, such as not living at home and being involved in alcohol and drugs.

“Anytime children do that, there are elements that will target them. When any police force hears of someone being targeted and potentially being put into that lifestyle, it’s always a concern.”

Chad Lucas, media relations adviser with the Department of Justice, said the government is aware of the provincial issue.

“There are a lot of concerns around this issue in the province as a whole, as there is in Canada,” he said.

“We are working closely with law agencies, as well as working on a national strategy on the issue of trafficking.”

The police inspector said the case file remains open and active, but nothing has come out of it.

“Through our investigation, we haven’t shown that child prostitution is established in Truro,” he added.

“There was a rumour passed onto us and we investigated, but nothing has been substantiated.”

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Organizations: Truro Police Service, Department of Justice

Geographic location: Canada, Truro

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