Montreal man gets 6 years in Ottawa human trafficking case
Jamie Byron, 24, convicted of forcing orphaned 17-year-old girl into prostitution
A Montreal man convicted of human trafficking in Ottawa has been sentenced to six years in prison for forcing an orphaned teenaged girl into prostitution.
Court heard Byron lured his 17-year-old victim from her home in Windsor, Ont., and forced her to travel between several cities, including Ottawa, working as a prostitute.
Justice Bonnie Warkentin says Byron lured the girl by telling her he would be her boyfriend, then threatened, abused and intimidated her.
Byron's lawyer François Dulude asked for the minimum five-year sentence and argued Byron had the strong support of his family and a former girlfriend.
The Crown sought a 10-year sentence, arguing Byron, who was 21 at the time of the offences, was a parasite who was "motivated by greed."