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Youth sex-trade impact

WINNIPEG police say they've achieved real results in Project Return, a joint effort between police and StreetReach Winnipeg to cut down on crime regarding youth who are at risk of being sexually exploited.

The program, begun in 2010, balances enforcement, education and diversion for people involved in the sex trade.

As of Aug. 15 police say they have arrested eight males for communicating with the purpose of engaging in prostitution. The project has compiled 26 addresses that are checked for missing youth and encompassed curfew and court-order checks for past sex offenders. Three at-risk youth have been identified and moved to a new place of safety courtesy of Project Return. Thirteen DISC (Deter Identify Sex Trade Workers and Consumers) stops were completed to create a database that helps identify those involved in the sex trade.

Stabbing in core

A woman is in stable condition after being stabbed in the Spence neighbourhood early Friday morning.

At 5:20 a.m., police arrived at Sherbrook Street and Ellice Avenue to find the 20-year-old victim.

Police believe a male and female approached the woman asking her for a cigarette, then, after a confrontation, the woman was stabbed.

Police do not believe anything was stolen from the victim. Their investigation continues.

Robbery info sought

POLICE are looking for more information regarding a robbery in the area of Pearl Street and Notre Dame Avenue.

At 12:45 a.m. Friday, three suspects approached three males. The suspects stole ID, a small amount of cash and an electronic device.

Afterward, the two groups got into a fight in which one of the suspects brought out a gun. While there are reports of the gun being used, no one was injured from being shot. However, there were minor injuries to the victims when the gun was used as a physical weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.

Legion site of heist bid

WINNIPEG police are looking for more information regarding a robbery on Thursday night.

Just before 10 p.m. a male armed with a knife entered the Royal Canadian Legion in the 1300 block of Main Street. The man got behind the counter and tried to get money from the 62-year-old female employee. The employee did not hand over any money and the suspect fled empty-handed.

The suspect is described as a male, aboriginal in appearance, 25 to 30 years old, around 5-5 with short hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Winnipeg police at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477 (TIPS).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 17, 2013 A8

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