Domestic Sex Trafficking Cases
Based on RCMP and community findings, and on convictions of human trafficking in Canada, it's known that:
- A large number of human trafficking cases in Canada are related to domestic trafficking of Canadian girls and women for purposes of sexual exploitation.
- Some of the convicted human traffickers (mostly men) are affiliated with street gangs.
- Many girls and women are recruited through the Internet or by an acquaintance.
- Many girls and women are groomed, manipulated and coerced to perform sexual acts for the benefit of their trafficker.
- Control tactics used by convicted human traffickers include social isolation, forcible confinement, withholding identification documents, imposing strict rules, limitation of movements as well as threats and violence.
My Story: I was 35 when it happened, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. I was a national skydiving champion, travelling all over, … I lost my mother, husband and my two best friends within 6 months. I was raped at the ages of 14, 16 and 18. I was very vulnerable after all this. My best friend’s husband introduced me to his best friend, who I’ll call ’John’. It was winter. John always warmed up the car for me, told me he loved me, and gave me everything I needed at a time when I needed it. Within six months, he ‘suggested’ that I go work in the strip bars, because there was no money left. At the strip club, each song was $20, and he would sit in the bar and know how many songs I danced and would demand the money.
The Moazami Case
In British Columbia's first human trafficking case related to minors, Reza Moazami was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation, sexual assault, human trafficking and prostitution-related offences of eleven females between the ages of 14 and 19 years old. Moazami allegedly controlled a prostitute enterprise at various locations around B.C.'s Lower Mainland between February 2009 and October 2011, when he was arrested by the Vancouver Police. Moazami is accused of sexually assaulting six of the eleven youth during the time he was their trafficker, five of whom were under the age of 18.
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