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Prostitutes’ rehab centre planned

WebPosted Nov 19 2002 06:12 AM PST

VANCOUVER - Some of the families of Vancouver's missing and murdered women are opening their own rehab centre for prostitutes still on the streets.

A local charity has donated a 10–bedroom house in Maple Ridge for five years. Legacy House, as it will be known, can house 10 residents at a time.

The Missing Women's Legacy Society hopes to open the centre – the first of its kind in B.C. – by next spring.

LINK: Missing Women's Legacy Society

Val Hughes lost her sister in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside almost five years ago, and says there's a desperate need for the new centre.

"Today, there are some woman being beaten to her knees and being taken advantage of. Today, women are being hurt. So the sooner we can get this house filled with women, the better off everybody is."

The families estimate they need to raise about $600,000 before the centre can be opened.

They say the money is needed for repairs to the old house and for a year's salaries for counsellors, to help prostitutes kick drug and alcohol addictions and to learn life skills.

There is no government money available, so the society is planning a series of fundraisers.

INDEPTH: Missing women's case

At least 63 women have disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Robert William Pickton, 53, is charged with murdering 15 of them

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Email: wleng#missingpeople.net 

Missing Women Tip Line: 1-877-687-3377

Updated: August 21, 2016