Missing Women report to be released amid heavy criticism

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By CTV News staff, CTV News, 17 December 2012

(…) The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report, written by commissioner Wally Oppal, comes nearly a decade after Robert Pickton’s arrest in connection with the deaths of dozens of sex workers whose remains or DNA were found on his pig farm in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Pickton is currently serving a life sentence for killing six sex workers. (…)

The report comes out amid heavy criticism. Advocacy groups that work with sex workers in the Downtown Eastside say the process that created the inquiry was flawed because it focused too much on the police, and failed to hear pivotal pieces of evidence. (…)

Critics have accused Oppal of being too close to the provincial government to author a fair report. In addition, many advocacy groups that held standing at the inquiry chose to boycott the process after the government refused to provide legal funding. (…)

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