Sask. human trafficking case to go directly to trial
A 23-year-old woman accused of recruiting three women for the sex trade in Saskatchewan and Alberta will go directly to trial at Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench.
The Crown filed a direct indictment against Dilshad Ali Zada on Tuesday in Saskatoon provincial court, defence lawyer Kevin Hill confirmed.
Hill said the date had originally been set aside for a preliminary hearing. Direct indictments skip the pretrial process, sending matters straight to the higher court to be set for trial. Direct indictments must be authorized by either the attorney general or deputy attorney general.
Ali Zada was charged with three counts of human trafficking, uttering threats and theft over $5,000 following an investigation that began in March. She was released on $3,000 bail in June and ordered to give up her passport, live with her boyfriend in Saskatoon and stay away from the escort business.
In a news release, police said two 20-year-old women from Quebec and an 18-year-old woman from Moose Jaw were recruited through social media. The women allege Ali Zada stole from them in an attempt to control them.
Hill previously told reporters the information they provided is “largely untruthful.”
“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,” according to a police fact sheet attached to a media release on the case.
“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.”
Published: December 3rd, 2019
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