A 19-year-old man from Vancouver is facing more than a dozen charges in connection to a human trafficking probe involving police forces in two cities.
The investigation began on January 6, 2019, after a 16-year-old girl went missing. It evolved into a larger investigation and police discovered that the teen victim was allegedly being held in Vancouver.
The Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit took over the investigation and worked with the Vancouver Police Department. Police say they were able to safely locate the girl but the suspect was not present at the time of her rescue.
On April 5, charges were laid and an arrest warrant was issued for 19-year-old Raimon Geday.
He was arrested on April 9 in Vancouver and has been charged with the following:
- Two counts of unlawfully recruiting, transporting, harbouring and exploiting an individual under the age of 18
- One count of unlawfully receiving financial benefit obtained by the commission of an offence
- One count of knowingly advertising an offer to provide sexual services
- One count of production of child pornography
- One count of possession of child pornography
- Two counts of possession of a controlled substance
- Six counts relating to firearm possession offences
“Ensuring vulnerable victims are protected from those who seek to exploit them is of the utmost importance to police,” said Superintendent Elija Rain, in a release.
“This investigation is the result of strong police work by our Serious Crime Unit and partnerships with other police services including the Vancouver Police Department,”