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Vancouver vigil for missing women

Global BC

Sunday, February 24, 2002

A service and candlelight vigil is being held in Vancouver tonight to remember the 50 women who have gone missing over the past two decades.

Police investigating the disappearance of 50 women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside arrested a Port Coquitlam pig farmer Friday on two charges of first-degree murder.

Robert William Pickton, 52, was taken into custody at 2 p.m. at one of his businesses in Richmond.

He is slated to appear in Port Coquitlam provincial court Monday morning.

Police refused to identify the two alleged victims, but confirmed both were women and were on the list of those who have disappeared from the Downtown Eastside.

RCMP Constable Catherine Galliford said all of the victims' families were contacted between 2pm and 5 pm Friday. Out of respect for the families, she said, the names of the two women will not be released until Monday.

A prostitute rights group has commended police in Vancouver for laying charges in the disappearance of 50 women.

But the Prostitution Alternatives Counselling and Education Society says prostitutes working Vancouver's lower east side continue to live under the constant threat of harm.

Watch Global BC for continuing coverage for more news and updates.

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