A sex-trade activist in Vancouver is questioning why no details have yet been released on the city’s sixth homicide of the year.
According to the Vancouver Police Department, the body of a woman in her 30s was discovered in Southeast Vancouver on June 10th.
VPD homicide investigators determined that the woman, who police say had obvious signs of trauma on the body, had met with foul play.
According to activist Jamie Lee Hamilton, the victim had been working in the sex trade. Hamilton is raising the alarm out of concern for any potential risk for other sex-trade workers in the city.
“The police have been very tight-lipped on this,” Hamilton told the Straight in a phone interview.
“They haven’t released her name, they haven’t approached the sex worker community to say if there’s any potential cause of concern.”
In a statement released on June 11, the police indicated the victim's identity was being withheld while next of kin were notified. They have not yet released the woman’s name or any other details of the investigation.
Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Constable Lindsey Houghton told the Straight that the investigation is still open and ongoing.
Hamilton said the victim was a gentle woman.
“To have someone kill her, it’s just awful," she said. "She didn’t do anything to deserve that.”
There are ongoing Charter challenges taking place in B.C. and Ontario about sex worker rights.
“I hate to say it, but I think this case once again reinforces why there needs to be a change in law,” Hamilton said.