October 29, 2015
38 missing women were located, because of you!
BC has the highest number of missing persons in Canada. Half of these are women – many under 18.
You helped locate 28 of them, in the last year alone.
Your support is vital. Especially to Sergeant Holly Turton, who oversees the Vulnerable Persons Section at Surrey RCMP. She describes a dangerous pattern that her team sees among women who are repeatedly reported missing:
“They’re usually teenagers. Often they are sexually exploited. ”
Many of these young women – sometimes only 13 or 14 years old – are living on the streets. They’re struggling with addiction and mental health issues that make them especially vulnerable to exploitation and violence.
But Holly has hope. “If we can help them faster, sooner, then maybe we can help to put them on a better path.”
She recognizes that this can’t be done in isolation. With your ongoing support, Surrey Women’s Centre works with police to find women and girls reported missing by their loved ones.
The police let us know when a woman or girl is reported missing. We spread the word to over 180 members in our network to help find her.
For Barb Creighton, Corporal in Charge of Surrey RCMP’s Missing Person’s Unit, this provides her team with, “extra eyes on the street, to help us locate missing people.”
Because of you, missing women are often located within hours.
And now, we’re going provincial…This week, we partnered with Ending Violence Association of BC to launch a provincial network working towards a common goal: keeping women and girls safer.
Thank you for standing behind women and girls.