Refugees in Canada can feel a lot of hope and a lot less guilt about their lives.
But it’s been nearly five years since a federal judge in Vancouver imposed a three-month jail term on a man who had pleaded guilty to trafficking and sex trafficking for the purpose of trafficking children, and now faces up to 15 years in prison.
In Canada, most people don’t face a jail term, even if they are convicted of a crime, but this man did.
The man was accused of being a trafficker and sex trafficker, but the Crown didn’t prove that he actually worked as a sex worker.
Instead, the Crown used his confession to prove his guilt.
Now, it is up to a judge to determine whether the man should be sentenced to a maximum term of 15 years.
The judge in this case will decide whether to put the man in jail or, instead, set a minimum sentence of 10 years.
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In November 2014, the RCMP seized two men’s passports in Vancouver after the RCMP’s Operation Brazen 2 investigation into trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.
The two men, who are both originally from Afghanistan, were accused of trying to help two children in the Vancouver area to escape their traffickers.
In May 2015, one of the men pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court and was sentenced to three months in jail, while the other pleaded guilty and received a four-month sentence.
The RCMP’s undercover operation uncovered a number of child sex trafficking rings and eventually led to the arrests of more than 400 men.
In February 2016, a judge sentenced one of those men to two years in jail for trafficking a 13-year-old girl and another man to the same girl for sex.
The Crown used the man’s confession to show that he was the one who lured the children to the house where they were sold.