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On eve of report’s release, head of B.C. probe into missing women calls for co-operation – Globe and Mail

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012446 Views

Dec. 17 2012,

Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal is urging all sides in the horrific Pickton murder case to set aside their differences and work together to combat ongoing problems of poverty and the status of aboriginal people in Canada.

In an interview ahead of Monday’s long-awaited release of his report into authorities’ handling of the disappearance of scores of women from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the former attorney-general indicated those social factors were at the root of lengthy indifference by police and others to the investigation.

“The term may be harsh, but they were seen as nobodies,” an emotional Mr. Oppal said of the victims, most of whom were drug-addicted prostitutes from the city’s poorest streets. “They were seen as poor and vulnerable … throwaways.

“In fact, they were like anyone else. They were mothers. They were sisters,” he said.

Robert Pickton, considered the worst serial killer in Canadian history, was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in 2007 for murdering six of the missing women. Traces of DNA linked to 27 others were found on his notorious pig farm in Port Coquitlam, and he once claimed to have killed 49 women. More than a third of his victims were aboriginal.

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