It’s not a misprint, the Calgary Police have laid another human trafficking charge in the fourth incident of this year. The most recent charge stem from a two month investigation that began with a domestic disturbance complaint. At some point the police ascertained enough information to call vice unit detectives after officers spoke with the alleged victim.
Calgary Police continue what on the surface appears to be an increase in charges against individuals suspected of sex trafficking. For the third time this year CPS announced charges, this time against 3 individuals suspected of trafficking 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman.
*** EDIT: May 10th, 2013 (Originally published October 21st, 2011). This case is now at trial. ***
Easy-E got it wrong. Pimpin IS easy, lucrative and jail sentences currently weak. Both individuals, Katherine Edwards arrested early this month, and Jamie Byron arrested in Montreal October 21st, when he made a court appearance on an unrelated matter (evidently he doesn’t read the paper nor do his friends), are charged for keeping a common bawdy house, living off the avails of juvenile prostitution, exercising control over a person for prostitution and trafficking a person under 18 years old.
The charges stem from allegations both recruited and forced a 17-year-old Windsor girl into prostitution (sexual exploitation).
Apart from the ages of the victims and names of the accused, charges that included human trafficking were laid months after similar charges in February. Calgary Police announced two human trafficking charges against Abdallah Amer, 18, and Balal Jeha, 19, both of Calgary charged with multiple offences (announced April 25th).
It was reported that a random tip from a motel lead to the investigation that took a couple of months to complete.
Calgary Police announced two human trafficking charges, among others, were laid against two individuals Arjanit Nick (Sammy) Simnica, 29, and Avni (Antonio) Gashi, 22.
The two Calgary men are alleged to have forced and undergage female into prostitution. Each are charged with two counts of procuring a person to become a prostitute, living on the avails of a prostitute under the age of 18, human trafficking, receiving material benefit from human trafficking, two counts of forcible confinement, assault, and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Human smuggling law under IRPA (we will confirm which section) has been struck down by the British Columbia Supreme Court. The decision stems from the first trials of the men accused of smuggling Tamil migrants on the now infamous ‘Sun Sea’ ship that arrived on BC’s coast 2.5 years ago.
Edmonton police have laid a number of prostitution charges, including human trafficking, against three men in connection to two separate cases where young females were nearly lured into prostitution.
One of the cases allege Ali Saghafi, 25, lured an underage girl to Edmonton from Saskatoon. A prime example of domestic human trafficking.
Days after Immigration Minister Kennedy delivered veiled incrimination of all Roma people, tied to his commentary on Canada’s immigration policy, news broke of the detainment of over 80 people tied to a Roma human trafficking/smuggling ring.
Ontario police have rounded up around 80 people during nighttime raid. Reports are mixed pitting the number of charged between 4-20. The detained include around 35 children all of whom are being held under new IRPA legislation that seeks to punish and remove the rights of ‘irregular arrivals’.
With little fanfare compared to her opposition across the floor, MP Maria Mourani of the Bloc introduced a motion for her Bill-C452, an Act to amend the Criminal Code. The amendment will impact existing legislation in three primary ways surrounding human trafficking.
The first seeks to ensure convictions for trafficking in persons will be served consecutively to other sentences for the same event. Secondly, the bill addresses the need to shift the burden of proof to the accused rather than relying heavily on the victim. Finally, it seeks to confiscate the proceeds of crime of all persons convicted.
An appalling form of Canadian injustice unfurls as the family of the man who was instrumental in the nation’s largest case of human trafficking face deportation. Currently, IRPA and the Criminal Code do not afford victims of trafficking, nor their families, any form of protection. The perplexing immigration department headed by Jason Kenney of the Harper government have been more concerned with overzealous deportation policy over and above international standards of human rights.
If anything, this case merely highlights the glaring omissions in Canada’s current policies and legislation pertaining to victims of human trafficking–in that they don’t exist.