Saskatoon sex trade workers submit to homicide registry
Over 100 Saskatoon sex trade workers have submitted personal information to the high-risk homicide registry, a database that will help authorities identify them if they go missing or turn up dead.
Don Miekle with Egadz Youth Centre in Saskatoon says the program aims to put names and faces to murdered sex trade workers.
The registry, in which applicants are asked to disclose a variety of intimate detail including drug use, scars, tattoos and broken bones, is already being used.
Miekle still struggles as he recalls an incident involving a prostitute and a customer.
“She had such head trauma that she was unrecognizable,” said Miekle.
“The RCMP called and we went in there and used the high-risk homicide registry and got to identify her and let her family spend the last few days with her.
Miekle says that the nature of the questions on the registry have shocked several young people enough to turn their lives away from the street.
“The majority are First Nations and Métis,” said Miekle. “We have males and females on the registry.
“The youngest kid we have on there is 14.”
Edited by News Talk Radio's Chris Morin.