Monday, January 22, 2007



As reported yesterday by me, I continue to bring attention to those lives who have been stolen through no fault of their own.

With the Pickton trial now unfolding, many disturbing facts will be presented to the public. It's my hope to remind citizens of the carnage pre-dating Pickton and of course the aftermath of the horrendous crime which will blemish Vancouver with a black eye for a very long time.

While, Vancouver had next to zero cases of sex trade murders pre 1985, shortly thereafter, we began to hear about women being murdered. It was around this time that the Attorney General of the day, seeked a Court Injunction, barring sex trade workers from the West End of Vancouver. Hookers on Davie had became notoriously known as the sex trade stroll after officials shut down the legendary Penthouse Club.

In 1991/1992, while I was working at DERA, a horrible murder took place in the Downtown Eastside. An aboriginal woman named Cheryl Ann Joe, 26 years of age and mother of four, was brutalized and mutilated beyond compare. So heinous a crime, even I refuse to disclose specific details of the murder.

Many community activists, in the DTES sprang into action over this horrible killing of Cheryl Ann. A meeting was hastily arranged at the Carnegie centre and a number of community members attended including Aboriginal leader Viola Thomas of Carnegie, Chris Downing of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, Karen Sorensen, Jenny Kwan and myself from DERA and Liz Evans of the Portland hotel Society. Others attended as well and I apologize if I omitted their names. From this meeting, a march around the Downtown Eastside was organized by Muggs Suigurdson of the Carnegie centre along with the aforementioned individuals and other volunteers. I was involved in this first march and we went around to the various last seen spots of the victims and honoured them, including the isolated spot where Ms Joe was murdered.

This March caught the eye of now Senator Larry Campbell, who was then regional Coroner. Senator Campbell attended DERA and his mission was to find answers on how to prevent this Violence from occurring.

Unfortunately, the carnage continued and continues to this day. Many actions took place, however, while these actions, including my Dumping of 67 pairs of Stiletto shoes on the steps of City Hall, produced attention, the lack of political will to find solutions wasn't there and unfortunately to this day the neglect,indifference and lack of political will continues.

The murder of Ms Joe was committed by a highly respected member of the Hastings Sunrise neighborhood. He was caught by accident through the eagle eye of a CP rail security person who copied down the license plate of the van of Mr. Allender. It was parked in a secluded spot near the intersection of Clark and Powell streets, close to the waterfront and train tracks.

It needs to be noted that the accused coached youngsters at the Hastings Minor Hockey Association. Mr. Allender was charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

While the life of Ms Joe was stolen, her kids were also robbed of having a mother tend to their needs. I often wonder if her family members will ever be able to feel love again.

These types of heinous crimes can not continue.

Citizens need to be reminded of the untold costs to society when this victimization and violence occurs. Imagine, if you can, the cost to Ms Joe's children, her family and loved ones. Imagine the costs to the young son and wife of Mr. Allender.

These murders are preventable and its up to us, collectively to clamour for change. Good social policies must be adopted and implemented. We must not allow those we elect to continue burying their heads in the sand.

Jamie Lee Hamilton
(778) 235-3677



Like many people, I have been acutely aware that the trial of the century begins today, January, 22, 2007.

With the commencement of this trial, citizens across this country will be subjected to a constant barrage of information coming from the trial. Its been speculated that much of the content will be extremely unsettling.

As an individual who strived to bring attention to this matter in the earlier years of the women first disappearing, my first thoughts go out to the women who had their lives stolen. They will forever be missed. Their lives lived out here in Vancouver, BC have had impacts on others. We are now about to witness this first hand. Their disappearances and murders will be etched in the minds of us all for a very long time. Collectively, we will share in the carnage which occurred.

My concern now as it was then, is for the women and men who entrenched in the sex trade industry, live with constant victimization, fear and danger that being involved in the unregulated sex trade brings.

I understand that the families of the missing women are going to hear horrific news about their loved ones. I cannot possibly imagine what it will be like for them. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to them as it does for every citizen who will be touched by this horrible trial.

I myself will attempt to report on the stories as they emerge in the press. I will hold nothing back and if I offend, let me sincerely apologize in advance to all my readers. It is not my intent to place blame, however, I think it necessary to bring forward news that will open people's eyes.

I have been involved on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again in Vancouver's sex trade for 35 years. That's a very long time and hence it provides me an opportunity to have a unique perspective. I will share my perspectives with you the public.

Since the sex trade revolves around economics and ultimately this trial does as well, let me share a sobering fact with you the public as reported on news1130.

The missing women investigation is estimated to have cost about $70 million by the end of 2003 and the province has put aside another $46 million to cover the case between 2004 and 2007.

Jamie Lee Hamilton
(778) 235-3677

Tomorrow I will post on how this death and destruction all began. At least for me and some other prominent citizens in Vancouver. I will also remember those not connected with the farm in Port Coquitlam, who nonetheless, had their lives wiped out--JL