2 Calgary men charged with human trafficking
1 of 2 victims rescued from apparent prostitution operation was underage
Two Calgary men are facing human trafficking charges after police rescued two young victims from alleged sexual exploitation.
In February officers responding to reports of a disturbance at a hotel found a 17-year-old female victim of what appeared to be human trafficking, police said.
A second victim, who was 19, was later located.
Two men, aged 18 and 19, face several charges including living off the avails of a prostitute, trafficking a minor and unlawful confinement.
The underage victim was taken into custody under the Government of Alberta Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act.
"This is the second investigation that the Vice Unit has done in 2013," said Staff Sgt. Robert Rutledge.
"We laid charges in February, I believe it was, and in that investigation again we had, you know, a gal that was under the age of 18. So two in less than four months is very concerning to Calgary Police Service."
Youth who have been apprehended under this act can be kept in a protective safe house for up to 47 days as determined by the courts.