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No slaves here.
No one is for sale.
For the first time in Edmonton's history, charges have been laid against 3 individuals reported to have trafficked 3 women. We pray that the charges are upheld in court and result in a stiff, unprecedented conviction. Not only that, but we pray that enough supports are available (both short and long term) for the victims invovled in this case.
Human trafficking charges laid in Edmonton
Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 9:23 AM MT
Edmonton police have laid what are believed to be the first human trafficking charges in the city's history after an investigation into an alleged bawdy house in the west end.
After getting a tip, members of Edmonton police, RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency searched Sachi Professional Massage and Spa at 175th Street and 100th Avenue early Saturday morning. They removed three women, who ranged in age from 21 to 41, that police believe were victims of human trafficking.
Another search warrant was executed at an apartment at 69th Avenue and 199th Street belonging to a person connected to the business.
Three people have been charged.
Mei Fang Chen, 33, and Xiu Zheng Chen, 32, both face two counts of trafficking persons, two counts of living off the avails of prostitution, two counts of exercising control, direction, or influence over a person for the purposes of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy house, and possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000.
Qui Wang, 41, faces two counts of living off the avails of prostitution, two counts of exercising control, direction, or influence over a person for the purposes of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy house, possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000, and assault with a weapon causing bodily harm.
All three are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.
Police are holding a news conference Thursday morning about the case.