Human trafficking suspect arrested again

A 39-year-old man charged last year in Edmonton’s first alleged case of human trafficking has been arrested again.

Xiu Sheng Chen is accused of breaching conditions of a court order, police said Friday.

He was arrested Wednesday in New Market, Ont., on a Canada-wide warrant.

Last September, Edmonton police launched an investigation into a suspected bawdy house and human trafficking case involving Sachi Professional Massage and Spa at 175 Street and 100 Avenue, said EPS spokeswoman Lisa Lammi

With the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency, EPS investigators conducted two search warrants in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, 2009, one at the business and another at an apartment on 69 Avenue and 199 Street belonging to a person connected to the business.

A man and a woman were arrested upon leaving the business and four women who remained inside the business were taken into custody. Three of those women – aged 21-41 – were allegedly victims of human trafficking.

Police at the time said that the women were victims of “modern-day slavery.”

Cops said the victims came from foreign countries to work in the massage industry, but instead were stripped of their identification documents, threatened, and forced to perform sex acts 24 hours a day, seven days a week for several weeks.

Mounties said the charges were the first human trafficking charges laid in Western Canada.

Human trafficking has only been in the Criminal Code since 2005.



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