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.
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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