OTTAWA -  The Ottawa Police Service Major Crime Section has confirmed that the death of Amy Paul is now considered a homicide investigation.

In light of this incident, the Ottawa Police is asking women, particularly those involved in the sex trade, to be vigilant and exercise good safety practices.

Sex trade workers are reminded to:

  • Be aware of surroundings and avoid isolated areas.
  • Trust your instincts when you don't feel safe.
  • Let someone know if you must leave the area.
  • Take more time than usual before getting into a vehicle.
  • Try to work in teams so someone knows what vehicle you get in.
  • Keep a cell phone and make sure it's charged and has minutes on it.
  • Have a personal safety plan prepared should a dangerous situation arise.
  • Report bad dates immediately to police, or to someone you trust.
  • Check in regularly with people you know, so they know you are okay.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call the Ottawa Police Service Major Crime Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493 or phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.