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Five charged in human trafficking investigation with Calgary and Quebec police

February 7, 2020  By The Canadian Press

Calgary police say they are working with Quebec law enforcement in a human trafficking investigation that resulted in five arrests.

They say they were contacted in 2018 about a sex trade investigation that started in Quebec involving residents of Alberta.

Investigators determined five people were allegedly involved in the human trafficking of several female sex workers in and around the Calgary area.

Police say they are now releasing details of the two-year investigation because all five suspects — three from Calgary and two from Quebec — have been arrested and charged.

Police say they are also releasing photos of the accused so more women may come forward.

The first arrest in the case happened in July 2018, when police executed a search warrant at a Calgary home.

“A human trafficking victim was located at the residence, along with drugs, a handgun and approximately $5,000 in cash,” Calgary police said in a news release Thursday.

Mikhail Kloubakov, 29, was then charged with one count of trafficking.

Calgary police said they then worked with Quebec law enforcement to arrange the arrests of two other men believed to be connected to the case.

Both men, 34-year-old Vincent-Olivier Marchetrre and 29-year-old Antoni Proietti, appeared in a Quebec court Wednesday. They each face four human trafficking-related charges.

“Marchetrre and Proietti are in custody for additional charges of human trafficking, procuring, sexual assault and assault against five additional victims during the months of June to November 2018,” Calgary police said.

Another Calgary man, 28-year-old Hicham Moustaine, was arrested Aug. 7, 2018, and charged with one count of trafficking, one count of procuring and other weapons-related offences.

More than a year later, 28-year-old Sergei Dube-Cavalli of Calgary, was arrested and faces several charges, including trafficking persons under the age of 18 and advertising sexual services, police said.

Calgary police said they are encouraging “anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual assault to report it to police.”

“There is no time limit on how long a victim has to report a sexual assault in Canada,” the police service added.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 6, 2020

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