Submitted. In December 2013 the Abbotsford Police Department began receiving tips concerning a potential “bawdy house” being operated in the area of Townline Road and Gardner Avenue. Subsequent tips and information came in over the next few months and an investigation, led by the APD’s Major Crime Unit, was initiated. The focus of that investigation, and a search warrant that was executed on May 29, 2014, was a residence in the 2800 block of Townline Road.
Of additional concern to APD investigators was the proximity of the residence to an elementary school and a high school. It was also important to determine if there was evidence of Human Trafficking or the involvement of youth at the residence. The investigation is continuing but there are sufficient grounds at this time for the APD to be recommending charges of “Keeping a Common Bawdy House” against a 54 year old woman from Vancouver.
Anyone with information concerning this investigation should contact the APD at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Editor’s Note: In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Criminal Code provision against keeping a common bawdy-house because it violated section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guaranteeing the right to life, liberty, and security of the person.