The province’s minister responsible for the status of women and a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary official chastised one media outlet for publishing details Tuesday of a report on the sex trade in the province.
The 2011 report “It’s Nobody’s Mandate and Everyone’s Responsibility: A Report on Sexual Exploitation and the Sex Trade in Newfoundland and Labrador" was obtained by CBC, despite being denied a copy of it by the Women’s Policy Office.
Charlene Johnson and RNC Deputy Chief Bill Janes said it was being kept under wraps to protect those who participated in the research. They claim releasing even the recommendations would hurt those vulnerable to human trafficking.
“We don’t arbitrarily pick which reports we release,” said Johnson, adding the government was advised not to release the report by the RNC.
Johnson insisted some initiatives have been a result, in part, of the report, including the child exploitation unit and the hiring of a manager for special victims’ initiatives in the Department of Justice.
Releasing the report tips off criminals involved in organizing prostitution and human trafficking, Janes claimed.
“We have to weigh this against the very core of what it is to be a police officer. I took an oath to protect the public,” Janes said.