Wednesday, January 23, 2019

47 men arrested for trying to purchase sex from youth: VPD - Update

Former Vancouver School Board trustee Ken Clement is one of 47 men arrested in a teen sex sting. Others are Mario Celo Amistad, Jim Malmros, Jun Jie He, Nikolaos Dais, Donald Schroeder, and Mehran Arefi. Police are still working with crown counsel on charges, including an 'outlaw motorcycle member'. The operation may be in response to 'creep catchers' who have posted a steady stream of johns seeking underage sex.
Vancouver police say 47 men have been arrested following a two-month operation in 2018, targeting people willing to purchase sexual services from a supposed 15 year old.

All of the arrests took place between June and November of 2018, and included men from “all walks of life.” They included a school trustee, a teacher, a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and a fireman. Seven of the men have been charged so far, but police aren't revealing any identifying details, yet.
The men have been charged with considering buying the sexual services of a person under 18 years old.

All were lured to a motel room under the guise of meeting an underage girl for sex. VPD detectives posted decoy advertisements on web escort listings and social media platforms for sexual services. There were 25 officers involved in each take-down, each night. Police say this is only the “tip of the iceberg.”
Anyone with information about children being exploited in the sex trade is asked to contact the VPD’s Counter Exploitation Unit at 604-717-3426