Woman faces human trafficking charges

A 23-year-old woman is facing charges of Human Trafficking following an investigation by the Saskatoon Police Service VICE Unit.

In March, the VICE unit began an investigation after receiving information that a 23-year-old woman was recruiting and trafficking three different women for the purpose of sexual exploitation between various cities in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Investigation found that victims were recruited in various ways including personal introductions and through social media. She is also alleged to have stolen money and personal belongings in an effort to maintain control over the victims.

The victims are two 20-year-old women from Quebec and an 18-year-old woman from Moose Jaw, SK.

The 23-year-old woman has ties to Quebec and may go by the name ‘Mina’. She is charged with three counts each of Trafficking Persons, Uttering Threats and Theft Over $5000. She is scheduled to appear before a Justice of the Peace the evening of Thursday, June 13.

Police are concerned that there may be additional victims related to this case or others, and encourage anyone affected to report to Police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

The Saskatoon Police Service has heard much dialogue in the community and on social media surrounding the topic of human trafficking and abductions. To assist in clarifying the information out there, the SPS has prepared a list of frequently asked questions.