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Prostitution ring arrests in Montreal and Toronto

04/01/2015 03:28 EDT | Updated 06/01/2015 05:59 EDT
Six people are now facing charges in connection with an alleged prostitution ring operating across Canada involving young women from Korea and China. 

The raids unfolded in three phases between March 27 and April 1 and led to arrests in Toronto and the greater Montreal area.

The victims came to Canada via land crossing or with illegitimate visas with the assistance of a criminal organization, the RCMP allege. 

Once in the country, the women were forced to perform sex work in Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. 

At a news conference today in St-Hubert, Que., RCMP said "several key players as well as the main leaders of this criminal organization" had been arrested.

The six people face charges including:

- Gaining material benefit from sexual services.

- Procuring.

- Procuring a person under 18 years.

- Advertising sexual services.

A 34-year-old man from Toronto and 20-year-old Montreal woman are still wanted in connection with the investigation, dubbed Project Confidence.

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