Press Release: Vancouver women’s groups statement regarding charges against VPD detective constable Jim Fisher

Saturday, December 31, 2016

[Vancouver, B.C.] Today, Saturday, December 31, 2016, The Vancouver Abolition Coalition issued a statement urging the VPD to reconsider policies and practices that isolate women witnesses from independent feminist advocates. 

The statement connects Detective Constable Jim Fisher’s actions to the VPD indifference towards men exploiting and harming women in prostitution.

The coalition notes that in spite of federal law (aka bill C 36) instructing the criminalization of those who buy sexual favours, in the past two years, the VPD has made no arrests of men who purchase prostituted women or girls.

“The charges are not a surprise given the Vancouver Police Board’s outdated “sex work outreach policy” justifies male demand for prostitution. Jim Fisher was a vice cop for 29 years, he knows exactly how little the Vancouver Police Board and his superiors cared about stopping men who exploit women and girls in prostitution.” Says Suzanne Jay, speaking on behalf of the Vancouver Abolition Coalition.

Members of Vancouver Abolition Coalition includes
- The Aboriginal Women's Action Network (AWAN)
- The Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
- EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating)
- Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter
- Foy Allison Law

Media contact: Hilla Kerner, 604-872-8212, [email protected]