Police search for clues in Aladdin motel slaying

Jon Syah Ribut, a temporary foreign worker from Indonesia, was found dead on Sunday morning
The medical examiner determined that Jon Syah Ribut died of blunt force trauma. The 35-year-old was originally from Indonesia and in Canada on a work visa. (Edmonton Police Service )

Edmonton Police continued to search for clues on Friday in the slaying of a temporary foreign worker who was found dead in a west end motel last weekend.

Staff found the body of Jon SyahRibut, 35, in a room at the Aladdin Motel at 111th Avenue and 154th Street at 11:30 Sunday morning.

As police continued to search through the room for clues, guests at the hotel remained shaken.  Angel Cardinal says there was a fight in a room Sunday morning.

"To know that’s happened just right there,” she said. “I haven't left my room. This is the first time I've actually opened the door.”

While other guests declined to be interviewed on camera, they told CBC News that workers from Fort McMurray often stay at the Aladdin on their days off.

Kate Quinn, executive director of the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE), says that male sex trade workers have fewer places to get help than their female counterparts. (CBC )

Ribut was originally from Indonesia and had been living in Canada for the last 14 months on a two-year work visa. However, police believe that he had been working in the sex trade.  

Kate Quinn, executive director of the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE),  says that made him especially vulnerable.    

“It's very dangerous because males are even more invisible than the street-involved women or those on the internet,” Quinn said.

“There's a lot of shame and stigma attached to males who are in the sex trade.”

The medical examiner determined that Ribut died from blunt force trauma.

They are asking the public for information about his background, who he knew, and where he was in the last two weeks of his life.


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