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Four Vancouver Island residents arrested for human trafficking in Saskatchewan


Two Victoria residents and two Nanaimo residents have been arrested on charges of human trafficking in Saskatchewan.

According to an RCMP release, an off-duty police officer spotted three vehicles speeding in unison along Highway 1 going towards Swift Current.

As police pulled them over and were in the process of issuing tickets for speeding at 153 km/h, they noticed something unusual.

Officers became suspicious of the relationship between the drivers and two girls under the age of 18 in the back seats of the vehicles, both of whom did not have identification.

Observing signs of human trafficking, the officers arrested the three men and one woman for related charges.

Two Victoria residents, 36-year-old Shermineh Sheri Ziaee and 23-year-old Shawn Alexander Kelly, were arrested along with Nanaimo residents 19-year-old Seyed Kourosh Miralinaghi and 19-year-old Seyed Kamran Miralinaghi.

They each face charges including transport of a person under the age of 18 for the purpose of exploiting them, procuring a person to offer or provide sexual services, harbouring a person who offers or provides sexual services for consideration, or exercised control or movement of that person, and knowingly advertising an offer to provide sexual services.

Ziaee also faces one charge of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

These four accused are set to appear in Swift Current Provincial Court on Friday.

Police say the two underage girls are from BC and not related to those arrested.

Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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