Winnipeg man arrested in human trafficking case
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police have made an arrest in a human trafficking case under investigation since summer.
Dale Richard Aymont, 43, of Winnipeg has been charged with trafficking a 25-year-old woman.
Aymont and the woman met in Winnipeg and travelled together to Brandon, Man., police said. From March 2014 to mid-October the victim was forced to work as an escort, police allege.
“It often takes victims time to gather the courage to come forward and realize this is not the life they want to lead,” Const. Eric Hofley said at a news conference Friday morning.
During that time the woman’s sexual services were advertised for a fee online, police said.
The 25-year-old was threatened with violence if she did not perform the work, and was physically assaulted on one occasion, police allege.
“Winnipeg police have adopted a victim-first position recognizing these women are out there and are being exploited,” Hofley said.
Police are still investigating whether there are any other victims.