August 21st, 2019

Dunmore man in court accused of human trafficking

By Jeremy Appel on January 8, 2019.

The Medicine Hat Provincial Court is seen in this file photo. A man who, along with his mother, was charged in an unlawful confinement incident from October 2018 has pled guilty.

A Dunmore man accused of human trafficking, theft and sexual assault had his first appearance in provincial court Monday.

Defence lawyer Clint Yarshenko appeared on behalf of his client, who faces charges of trafficking in persons, trafficking in persons under the age of 18, theft under $5,000, and sexual assault, as well as two counts each of forcible confinement and assault.

The events allegedly occurred between Nov. 29 and Dec. 12, 2018, in Cypress County and involve the accused stealing one complainant’s passport and refusing to let them and another leave, according to court documents.

The News is not naming the accused to protect the identities of the complainants.

The Criminal Code says trafficking in persons occurs when somebody “recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation.”

A defendant found guilty of human trafficking can face anywhere from four years to life in prison.

The accused was arrested by the Redcliff RCMP on Dec. 20.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14, when he is expected to enter a plea.

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