Quebec man arrested in B.C. for human trafficking

Manitoba and B.C. RCMP have arrested Jean Francois D’Asti-Brideau, 26, of Laval, Quebec following a human trafficking investigation.

RCMP say D’Asti-Brideau was pulled over in Kamloops, B.C., due to reckless driving.

An investigation of the vehicle discovered that a female passenger was a victim of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is the recruitment, harbouring, and/or transporting of victims,” said Sgt. Morgan Page of Manitoba RCMP Major Crime Services. “This is the type of crime that is not always easy to see. In this instance, an RCMP officer with our Central Traffic Services unit was aware of what to look for and saw signs that this couple were not what they appeared to be and called us in. This was a great heads-up move by that officer, and we were able to liaise with police agencies in other provinces to further this investigation.”

D’Asti-Brideau since been charged by RCMP with various human trafficking and sexual services charges.

If anyone has any information on human trafficking they are asked to contact their local police department or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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