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Lethbridge human trafficking investigation continues as more alleged victims come forward

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – More alleged victims have come forward in connection to a human trafficking investigation in Lethbridge.

Last week, police arrested 10 men ranging in age from 16 to 37 and charged them with multiple offences including sexual interference, sexual assault causing bodily harm and trafficking persons under 18.

Investigators allege a 15 year old girl had been selected, groomed, and brought to specific locations where offences took place and they believe the suspects also engaged in sexual activity with a 13 year old.

As of Thursday, three others had come forward in connection to the investigation and police say additional charges may be laid.

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Police are encouraging anyone who may have been a victim of human trafficking, to report it.

The LPS says the impact of the investigation has also led to victims reporting sexual assault unrelated to this file or the individuals charged.

Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact Acting Sgt. Bryan Whelpley, at 403-330-5167. Tips can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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