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Calgary police charge 19-year-old girl, 48-year-old man in sex trafficking of teen girl

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WATCH: Calgary police say a 15 year old was the victim of sex trafficking following an investigation that started in spring. As Jenna Freeman reports, police are looking for more information in the case – Nov 5, 2020

Calgary police have laid charges against a man and woman accused in the sex trafficking of a teenage girl.

The investigation started on March 25, when officers were called to the Sandman Hotel at 888 7 Avenue S.W. over concerns a 15-year-old girl was being sexually exploited and was possibly in danger.

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According to police, a woman introduced the victim to a man for the purposes of engaging in sexual acts in exchange for drugs and money.

“Police learned the girl had also been repeatedly sexually assaulted by the man and the woman, who coerced the girl into participating in the sexual acts with them together in exchange for money,” Det. Amy Spence said in a Thursday news conference.

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The victim was unable to legally consent to any of the sexual acts as she was under the legal age of consent in Canada, which is 16.

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne Madison Savannah Lee Schmeikal and 48-year-old Michael Todd Mazar were arrested on Wednesday.

Cheyenne Madison Savannah Lee Schmeikal and Michael Todd Mazar have been charged in the sex trafficking of a teenage girl. Obtained By Global News

Schmeikal is charged with obtaining sexual services from a person under 18, sexual assault, trafficking a person under 18, obtaining material benefit from trafficking a person, possession of child pornography and access child pornography.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 18.

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Calgary police hold media availability after laying sex trafficking charges – Nov 5, 2020

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Mazar is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and obtaining sexual services.

He is set to appear in court on Nov. 20.

Spence said police are looking into whether there could be other victims.

Anyone with information that could aid in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Amy Spence at 403-428-5457.

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For more information on how to recognize the signs of child abuse — and what to do if you suspect a child or youth is being abused — you can visit the CCAC website at http://www.calgarycac.ca.

Victims of sexual assault can report it by calling the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or 911 if they are in immediate danger. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers.

In Canada, there is no time limit on how long a victim has to report a sexual assault.

With files from Jenna Freeman

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