Two alleged pimps arrested for trafficking in person

Deux présumés proxénètes arrêtés pour traite de personne

Patrol of the Québec police have freed a woman of 18 years of the yoke of two alleged pimps, the morning of the day of the Year, in a Quebec city hotel.

The two suspects, a 24-year old man and a 21-year old woman, have been arrested not only for pandering, but for trafficking in person, which is more rare.

“When one speaks of trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation is when a person is forced by violence or threats,” says Cyndi Paré, a spokesperson for the Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ).

The department of Justice of Canada described human trafficking as “a modern form of slavery”.

The morning of the day of the Year, around 10h35, a call has been housed at the 9-1-1 for a person who seemed in distress at a hotel in Sainte-Foy.

On the spot, the police arrest the 24-year old man and 21-year old woman for pimping, trafficking in persons, uttering threats, conspiracy, theft and breach of undertaking.

The two suspects have been detained and were interviewed by the investigators of the unit for the sexual exploitation of minors (MSB) of the module of the major crimes of the SPVQ. They could appear on Thursday at the palace of justice of Quebec.

The SPVQ tries to verify if the suspects other victims. The investigation is ongoing.

According to the department of Justice Canada, trafficking in persons involves the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and / or exercising control, direction or influence over their movements in order to exploit them, often for sexual purposes or for forced labour.

The victim and his alleged pimps were not Quebec, but Quebec.

The police urged those who have information to call the 418-641-AGIR (2447) or, for people outside of the city of Quebec, the 1-888-641-ACT, without charge throughout North America. The information received will be treated confidentially.