‘I will never be just a girl again’: victim of human trafficking in Calgary
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A Calgary woman has admitted to drugging, videotaping, sexually abusing, and forcing girls into prostitution in a human trafficking case before court Friday.
Unbeknownst to the victims, Amanda McGee put MDMA in their drinks along with Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug, and cocaine.
While drugged, court heard the victims were sexually assaulted by McGee between Oct. 2013 and March 2014. She took photos that were later posted online to advertise for prostitution services.
One victim was confined to a room with only a blanket and a pillow. She was forced to take drugs and suffered regular beatings, court heard. At times, McGee used sex toys to torture and punish the women.
The victim said she was told she had to earn a certain quota: $2,000 per day.
Court heard one woman attempted suicide on several occasions, once by hanging and another time by drinking Drano.
Court heard McGee would troll several fast food restaurants, hoping to find runaway teenagers to extort and continued to look for victims until her arrest in 2014.
McGee, 33, had no previous criminal record.
“I would like to apologize to everyone involved,” McGee said Friday. “Words cannot express how sorry I am.”
Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Earl Wilson called McGee’s case “stunningly horrible” saying he couldn’t “recall anything remotely like this” in his 30 years of experience.
“It is utterly incomprehensible…it’s evil,” Wilson told McGee in court Friday. “You are coldhearted. I don’t even know if you’ve got a soul.”
Wilson said had the case gone to trial, he would have given her life in prison.
Instead, as part of a plea deal, McGee was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.
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