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Gang Rape Warning Issued For St. John's Sex Workers

10/03/2014 05:05 EDT | Updated 12/02/2014 05:59 EST
An outreach group has issued a "red alert" warning to sex-trade workers in the St. John's area after reports of recent sexual assaults, including gang rape and sodomy.

The warning was sent through the Safe Harbour Outreach Project's Twitter account, @sexworkoutreach, late Thursday afternoon.

The project is a new program that supports women in the sex trade in St. John's and surrounding areas.

"Sex workers are contacted, then they are transported to a hotel under the understanding that they will be meeting one man for work," the warning said.

According to the outreach group, when a woman arrives at a hotel door, she is "forced into a hotel room where there are several men waiting. Some reports have stated 12 men, other reports have been as high as 20."

The project said it is believed the men are associated with, or working for, a major construction project in the province.

The CBC Investigates unit has done extensive work on the surge of sex workers travelling to, and working in, Newfoundland and Labrador. The increase is linked to the recent economic boom. 

One source familiar with the sex trade said this type of attack is a first for the province.

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