A Coquitlam man has been arrested and now faces charges for human trafficking and prostitution.
The investigation began over a year ago, in May 2017, when the Delta Police Department received information of a residence in North Delta that was allegedly involved in the scheme.
According to police, the operation was advertised on social media.
Over the course of the investigation, authorities identified a total of three victims – two of whom were underage.
One of the teenage victims involved was removed from harm and taken to the Ministry of Children and Family.
35-year-old Mohammed Begg, a former Delta resident, has received six prostitution and human trafficking-related charges and one charge of assault.
Another individual was identified as a perpetrator, however, died in a separate incident before charges could be pressed.
Authorities believe that Begg may have victimized other women or teenage girls, and are encouraging them to come forward.
“It appears that women and teenage girls were being transported between the Metro Vancouver area and Calgary,” says Staff Sergeant Heath Newton. “We are concerned that there may be other victims caught up in this prostitution operation.”
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Delta Police at 604-946-4411.