The St. John’s Status of Womens’ Council is calling for an end to Operation Northern Spotlight.
SJSWC and its Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP) are committed to the health, safety, and human rights of women and trans women involved in the sex industry, including those at heightened risk of human trafficking and exploitation. As such, the council is asking the RNC and RCMP to immediately end the practice of Operation Northern Spotlight and all other undercover operations targeting sex workers.
Council spokesperson Jenny Wright says Operation Northern Spotlight is a harmful attempt to deal with a complex issue, that targets sex workers for interrogation, detention and/or arrest without adequately distinguishing between those who are underage and/or coerced, and those who are not.
She says the strategy is based on deception and manipulation, which fosters distrust and adversarial relationships with law enforcement.