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Reza Moazami convicted of human trafficking in teen prostitution case

09/15/2014 01:37 EDT | Updated 11/15/2014 05:59 EST
A pimp charged with luring 11 teenagers into prostitution and using sexual assaults and drugs to control them was convicted on 30 charges including one charge of human trafficking, in B.C. Supreme Court Monday.

Reza Moazami promised his victims, some as young as 14, a glamorous life of drugs and booze in downtown Vancouver.

The 29-year-old man was convicted of convincing the teenage girls to have sex for money between February 2009 and October 2011 when he was arrested. It's the first time in B.C., an accused has been convicted of human trafficking.

Justice Catherine Bruce, who heard the case without a jury, heard that the girls made tens of thousands of dollars for Moazami.

While some were given part of their earnings and had their freedom, others received no compensation and could not leave the south Vancouver house, where Moazami set up operations, without his permission.

He was originally charged with 36 charges including including human trafficking, living on the avails of a juvenile, sexual assault and sexual interference.

On Monday morning Justice Bruce concluded Moazami was not a credible witness and that his complainants were.

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