By Meghan Grant, CBC News
|Amanda Kathleen McGee of Calgary received an eight-year sentence |
after pleading guilty to eight charges, including human trafficking,
sexual assault and forcible confinement.
The 33-year-old Calgary woman pleaded guilty to eight charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement and human trafficking.
She was sentenced to eight years in prison in a Calgary courtroom Friday.
Wilson berated McGee for several minutes, telling her he had never — with his decades of experience — seen any case like this, calling it "stunningly horrible."
"You are evil, cold hearted, I don't know if you've even got a soul," said Wilson to McGee after accepting her guilty pleas.
|Saddle Dome, Calgary skyline, Alberta|
The victim was allowed out to watch McGee work as a prostitute. She was also forced to do drugs and was punished with sexual violence when she didn't do as she was told.
The young woman — a teen at the time — was forced to earn a quota of $2,000 per day and tried to kill herself several times during her captivity by drinking drain cleaner and attempting to hang herself.
"One of these poor victims tried to kill herself because of you. Thank god she didn't because, at the end of the day, her life is worth living. She's a survivor," said Wilson.
'I will always be a victim'
Videos were taken of the young women and McGee threatened to send them to their families.
"I will never be just a girl again. I will always be a victim," said one of the young women McGee drugged and assaulted.
Once McGee no longer had control over her victims, she began hunting for more — joining women-only chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
"The criminality here is beyond the pale; these people are sentenced to life — that's what you've done," said Wilson.
"It's disgustingly depraved what you did and continued to do, you just went from one victim to another."
At the time of her crimes, McGee was addicted to drugs and made some terrible decisions, according to her lawyer's submissions on Friday.
Wilson also told McGee if she had gone through a trial and been found guilty, he would have sentenced her to life in prison.
"I think you are that dangerous of a human being."
Another obvious plea bargain serving to put the public at risk again much too soon. I'm not opposed to plea bargaining, but some of the 'bargains' are ridiculously good for the criminals and very unfortunate for the public. Prosecutors need to drive a much harder bargain.