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3 men charged after human trafficking, prostitution probe

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 15:24 // 844
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Calgary police have charged three men in connection with human trafficking and prostitution.  

The three were picked up in the downtown area on May 30 following an investigation into the alleged trafficking of a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman.

 Police believe the two were being prostituted through an online advertising site.

Staff Sgt. Robert Rutledge says the arrests are the results of a sting operation.

"We rented a hotel room, started setting up dates, and the first date we set up happened to be the 17-year-old victim."

Rutledge says the teenager has been very co-operative.

"This particular victim was being advertised as 19 years of age. It's my understanding when she came into the room, the investigators immediately knew she wasn't of age. Then she immediately broke down and cried for help."

The men face numerous charges including trafficking a minor, living off the avails of a prostitute under 18 and unlawfully keeping a bawdy house.

Two of the suspects are being held in custody and the third has been released on bail.

This is the third time charges of human trafficking involving a minor have been laid this year. 

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