On the 13th of August, the Toronto Police Service issued a Public Safety Alert for one George Flowers, aka “Mr Flowas”, wanted for aggravated sexual assault. This man, according to that Alert, has been HIV positive since 1996, but never told his sexual partners.
You would think something like this might rate some attention from the media. Except for one mention on CP24 which is a local all news television station, and one two inch single column item in a local paper, there was nothing. Radio stations do have this on their news websites, some local, two on the Prairies that I saw, and CKNW, which is in New Wesminster B C. As I have written before, I know people who dated this man, some of whom have since tested positive, so I’ve written several blogs on this man and the search for him. When I started, I had thought my words would supplement the coverage in the mainstream media. However, I had several people tell me I have been the only source of information on this matter.
Today, the Toronto Police Service issued a new Public Safety Alert, this time advising they had a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest on 11 charges of aggravated sexual assault. As I wrote earlier today in “Bring him to justice – a victim speaks”, Global Television Toronto spoke with one of his victims. Here’s the link the item and interview: www.globaltoronto.com/hiv+positive+man+wanted+for+aggravated+sexual+assault+charges/6442727205/story.html. Listen to this lady’s words as she describes how her life has been turned upside down by her positive diagnosis and the callous attitude George Flowers displayed when she told him.
I’ve checked the news sites again tonight. In addition to the news radio sites, I find mention of this in the online editions of both The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star, for print media and as well as the Global coverage, CITY TV, a local station and CP24 for television.
My question for the media, who now seem to be all gung-ho about covering this story, is this: Why weren’t you doing this back on August 13 when the first Alert was issued? Why did it take the issuance of a Canada-wide warrant to get your attention? The tag line on my site is “one lone voice calling in the wilderness”, and in the case of the search for George Flowers, for the past seven weeks, that’s what I’ve been. I hope that after today, rather than a lone voice, I’m merely part of a chorus.
If you know George Flowers, aka “Mr Flowas”, please contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers. Help get him off the streets.