In a mirror case of the monstrous Muslim child sex trafficking rings in the UK, there comes this serious case across the pond in Vancouver. Forcing girls to become prostitutes and sex slaves is in the sharia. Muslim Reza Moazami is the first person to be charged with these kinds of sexual offenses in the province's history. There are 36 charges against him; one set of charges carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years for each offence, a direct indictment is pending, and there were 11 girls (mostly minors) involved, some as young as 14 years old. More alleged trafficking victims come forward
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"Accused Vancouver sex trafficker back in jail as Crown doubles charges" Vancouver Sun (thanks to Atlas Readers)
A Vancouver man charged with trafficking girls from around the Lower Mainland and forcing them into the sex trade is facing 36 criminal counts after he was arrested for breaching his bail conditions by trying to contact one of his alleged victims.
Reza Moazami, 28, was the first British Columbian ever charged with trafficking minors after he was arrested last October at a bawdy house in the southern part of Vancouver’s west side. Two underage girls from Metro Vancouver were found in the residence during his arrest, which led to 18 criminal charges.
Since then, nine more alleged victims — all teenagers — have been identified by police.
Moazami was thrown back in jail on Aug. 9 and charged with another 18 prostitution-related offences. He remains in police custody.
Investigators have now identified a total of 11 alleged victims who were between 14 and 19 years old at the time of the offences, said to have occurred between February 2009 and October 2011.
All the girls are from the Lower Mainland and come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, said Vancouver police Sgt. Richard Akin, the head of VPD’s vice squad, which handled the investigation.
“They come from every type of circumstance with every sort of issue that faces teenagers down here,” he said.
Crown prosecutor Damienne Darby said some of the victims know each other through allegedly working for Moazami at different locations at different times.
“They will all need to testify,” Darby said. “It will be no doubt very difficult for them to have to relive what happened and tell their story in such a public way.”
Darby said the 36 counts fall into three groups of charges related to: living off the avails of prostitution, sexual assault and underage human trafficking, which carries a minimum prison sentence of five years.
Moazami is facing four counts of living off the avails of a prostitute under the age of 18 and another four counts of using violence or coercion in doing so. He is also facing charges of sexual interference for the 14 and 15-year-old girls, sexual exploitation for those 16 and 17 years old and sexual assault for those older than 18 at the time of the offences.
Darby said trafficking charges are difficult to prove because prosecutors must demonstrate the victims have been exploited.
“It could be just keeping someone in one place and not letting them leave,” she said. “I would say every pimp is exploiting their prostitutes, but the way it’s worded in the Code you have to prove much more than that.”
Crown must show that Moazami controlled the victim’s movements by threatening them or someone close to them, Darby said.
Moazami was released from custody in December, but was arrested again last Thursday for allegedly breaching his bail conditions by using an electronic device, such as a cellphone or computer, to try to contact one of the alleged victims, Darby said. Moazami is deemed a flight risk, and the Crown is seeking to revoke his bail, alleging he could harm the victims if released, she added.
There's more here.