In Vancouver on October 7, 2011, Reza Moazami, 27, was arrested during a police raid on a south Vancouver home. The man is facing human trafficking charges for allegedly running a prostitution ring involving girls under the age of 18. The police found two underage girls when raiding the house. Reza Moazami was charged with two counts of living off the profits of the prostitution of a juvenile and one charge of keeping a common bawdy house. The police said that the accused could have employed up to four girls between the ages of 14 and 17 for the purpose of sex work. Later that month in court, Moazami faced multiple charges, including 4 counts of trafficking persons under the age of 18 and 4 counts of sexual exploitation. According to a police sergeant it is only the second time in Vancouver police history that human trafficking charges have been laid in a case of sex-trade workers and the first involving youth.
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