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MISSING EASTSIDE WOMEN 5

VANCOUVER’S DOWNTOWN Eastside – a compact, 12-block section of the city along the Burrard Inlet waterfront – is the place people end up when they have no further to fall. It has the highest percentage of drug addicts, drug dealers, HIV cases, poverty, petty crime and street prostitution in Canada. In the district, full of rundown pubs, storefront shops with steel-gated windows and dingy, single-room-occupancy hotels, violence is endemic. In the past decade, more than 1,200 people have died here from drug overdoses. Every sidewalk or alley in the area is a source for heroin, every other corner the site for a quick $20 or even $5 “date.” It is, says one addicted street prostitute, “a place of the dead and the walking dead.”

The demographics of violence among Vancouver’s sex workers reads like a litany of horror. No one knows more about this than John Lowman, an outspoken professor of criminology at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University and Canada’s leading expert on prostitution. His research shows that prostitutes are 60 to 120 times more likely to be murdered than other Canadian women. He has studied the accounts of the hundreds of attacks against Vancouver prostitutes from 1983 to 1995 found in the Bad Date List, which is published by outreach workers usually every seven to 10 days. It is a relentless compilation of abuse and rip-offs, numbering 10 to 20 new incidents per week. He knows that 90 per cent of the women working the Downtown Eastside report being injured, robbed or sexually assaulted in the preceding six months. A fierce critic of current policy toward prostitution in Canada, Lowman accuses civic politicians of complicity, through inaction, in the disappearances and murders. He believes they have blood on their hands.

BELOW: Maggie de Vries was appalled that nobody would acknowledge the seriousness of her sister's absence.

BELOW: Activist Jamie Lee Hamilton arranged for street prostitutes to be given cellphones

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Updated: August 21, 2016