Winnipeg, Canada police have arrested 13 men they allege sexually exploited a city teen for five years.
Police say the exploitation began when the alleged victim was 12 and continued “on a regular basis” until she was 17.
The accused men range in age from 41 to 69 and face charges of sexual interference, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and obtaining sexual services from a person under 18.
“It’s a very, very disturbing situation,” said police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshyn.
Michalyshyn said investigators were speaking to the teen about an unrelated criminal matter last October when she disclosed the 13 men had given her money in exchange for sex.
“The investigators associated with her developed a relationship and rapport to the point where there was a significant amount of trust (and) the victim started divulging information with respect to her youth and her interaction with a number of males,” Michalyshyn said.
Police have not named the suspects out of concern for protecting the alleged victim’s identity.
Sure! Well could you at least give us some idea of their heritage? Are they white men, First Nations, Pakistani, Somali or what? This is important information that the public has a right to know.
None of the suspects are related to the young woman, but several are acquainted with her family, Michalyshyn said.
Police arrested the last suspect in April. None of the suspects have had any prior significant involvement with police, Michalyshyn said.
“They were not on our radar,” he said.
Michalyshyn could not say if all the suspects know each other.
“There was one adult male in the victim’s community who initiated these advancements and pursued these sexual offences and I think it was a domino effect where (another) individual was made aware of it,” he said.
Michalyshyn said the investigation is complete and police are not aware of any other victims or suspects.
“However, if by releasing today’s information ... there happens to be more information that needs to be brought forward to investigators, we absolutely encourage that,” he said.
How is that likely to happen when you don't release any information on the accused? Good grief!