Two men charged with human trafficking: N.S. RCMP
The Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Unit says that two men have been charged with human trafficking offences.
The unit received a tip on June 9th that a woman was being trafficked by a Yarmouth man and they started an investigation named Operation Homeward.
Investigators determined that the man was involved with trafficking numerous victims, for both sex and labour.
The RCMP say that investigators also gathered information and evidence that a second Yarmouth man was also involved.
The first man faces 33 charges, including:
- Human Trafficking (5 counts);
- Receiving a Financial Benefit from Human Trafficking (5 counts);
- Procuring (3 counts);
- Material Benefits from Sexual Services (3 counts);
- Trafficking Cocaine (3 counts);
- Trafficking Hydromorphone (2 counts);
- Sexual Assault (2 counts);
- Assault Causing Bodily Harm;
- Assault (3 counts);
- Uttering Threats (2 counts);
- Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration;
- Advertising Sexual Services;
- Failure to Comply with Conditions of a Release Order (2 counts)
Police say he was already in custody on unrelated charges and appeared in Shelburne Provincial Court on Thursday, where he was remanded into custody until an appearance in Yarmouth Provincial Court on September 13th.
The second man has been charged with six offences, including:
- Human Trafficking;
- Sexual Assault;
- Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration (2 counts);
- Uttering Threats;
- Intimidation of a Justice Participant
He also appeared in Shelburne Provincial Court on Thursday, where he was remanded into custody until an appearance in Yarmouth Provincial Court on Monday.
The RCMP say that the identities of the men are not being released at this time out of respect for the privacy of the victims and the publication ban put in place by the courts.
Support is being provided to the victims and their families and police say Operation Homeward is ongoing.