Quebec woman charged with human trafficking in Saskatoon
Dilshad Ali Zada, 23, made her first court appearance on Friday following an investigation that began in March. Police received a tip indicating that a woman was recruiting and trafficking three different women for the purpose of sexual exploitation between various cities between Saskatchewan and Alberta, police said in a news release.
The victims — two 20-year-old women from Quebec and an 18-year-old from Moose Jaw — were recruited in various ways, including through personal introductions and social media, the release stated, adding that she is also alleged to have stolen money and personal belongings in an effort to control them.
The accused “may go by the name ‘Mina,’” police said.
Investigators are concerned there may be more victims, and encourage anyone affected to report to city police or Crime Stoppers.
The woman is charged with three counts each of human trafficking, uttering threats and theft over $5,000.
“There have been many postings made on social media recently about alleged attempted abductions and being mischaracterized as human trafficking,” police said in a fact sheet attached to the media release.
“In most cases, the trafficking of a person does not stem from abduction, but rather a victim is initially recruited and volunteers to engage in activity for the promise of an opportunity to make money. In Saskatoon, that activity is usually consistent with the sex trade. After the initial agreement is made (is) where the situation often takes a tragic turn for the worse with the victim being isolated from friends and family, intimidated, threatened and/or subjected to violence in order to continue their exploitation for financial gain. It is often a coordinated, criminal enterprise involving people or persons who are likely tied to some facet of organized crime.
“The recent posts of alleged abductions that have been reported through official channels are being investigated, but are not believed to be linked to human trafficking.”
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