ASK Wellness executive director Bob Hughes says for the first time in his years of living in Kamloops, there is no well-known sex-trade stroll area in town.
That’s not to say the sex trade doesn’t exist, but it does mean it’s less visible, he told the City’s co-ordinated enforcement task force Monday morning.
“There’s not one particular place where sex trade workers are on the street,” he said.
Hughes began noticing the lack of street presence for the sex trade last winter, and observed that it carried right through into summer.
It doesn’t mean there’s no sex trade in Kamloops. Hook-ups are still made via cell phones or through escort agencies, he said. And there are still some people who walk the streets.
But a defined, notorious area no longer exists.
Hughes said his staff is still able to reach sex-trade workers through their various programs as well as approaching them on the streets.