News Release from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and Edmonton RCMP
Edmonton youth rescued from human trafficking
A 15-year-old girl has been rescued from human trafficking and ALERT has charged her perpetrators. Three Edmonton men have been charged with a total of 35 criminal offences.
ALERT’s Human Trafficking and Counter Exploitation unit has arrested three suspects for human trafficking with the most recent arrest coming on June 29, 2021. The suspects allegedly procured the youth for sexual services.
The arrests came following a two-month investigation when the Edmonton Police Service first received information about a 15-year-old girl being sexually exploited. The investigation revealed the youth was first groomed online, which escalated to nude photography, and eventually she was steered into the sex trade.
“Perpetrators are very skilled at grooming and manipulating their victims with gifts, money, affection; but it’s all a mirage. What this survivor endured was appalling and represents a heart-breaking set of circumstances,” Acting Staff Sergeant Chris Hayes, ALERT.
The survivor is receiving support and specialized care resources. Survivors of sex trafficking can call 211 for help.
Tyson Shaw, 24, Islam Montasser, 26, and Amir Idris, 30, have been jointly charged with:
- Trafficking a person under the age of 18;
- Material benefit;
- Procuring a child;
- Advertise sex services;
- Arrange sexual offences against a child;
- Invitation to sexual touching;
- Making child pornography;
- Distribute child pornography;
- Possession of child pornography; and
- Administer a noxious substance.
Additionally, Shaw has been charged with:
- Sexual assault of a person under 18;
- Sexual contact with a child;
- Sexual counsel of a child; and
- Indecent exposure to a person under 16.
Montasser was also charged with sexual assault of a person under 18.
Anyone with information about this investigation, or any human trafficking offence is encouraged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.
ALERT’s Human Trafficking Counter Exploitation unit investigates domestic human trafficking involving sexual exploitation occurring in Alberta. The integrated unit also works in collaboration with agencies and organizations involved in rescuing and supporting survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.
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Aurora Cannabis shares fall 40% after share sale amendment
EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s share price fell by about 40 per cent, after the company announced it sold US$150 million worth of shares.
The Edmonton marijuana company’s share price was $3.47 when trading ended Thursday, but by mid-morning Friday, had fallen to $2.07 and closed at $2.14.
The sale of shares was part of an amendment Aurora made to a previously announced bought deal financing.
The amendment made it possible for a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity and BMO Capital Markets to purchase 61.2 million Aurora units for US$2.45 each.
Each unit is comprised of one common share in Aurora and one common share purchase warrant, which can be used to acquire one common share for US$3.20 each in the next 36 months.
Aurora has yet to record a profit and in recent years has been trying to drive revenues by better aligning supply with demand, laying off staff and closing facilities.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2022.
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