01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 17:02
Following a four month multi-jurisdictional investigation led by the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team, a man from Nova Scotia has been charged with multiple Criminal Code Offences related to human trafficking along with multiple Controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences.
On January 23, at approximately 9:25 a.m., the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team, with the assistance of the New Brunswick RCMP, arrested 31-year-old Morgan MacDonald outside the Atlantic Institution in Renous, New Brunswick, where he had been serving time for an unrelated matter. The arrest was made without incident and MacDonald was transported to Colchester District RCMP. He is appearing in Truro Provincial Court today.
MacDonald has been charged with multiple offences including:
'The Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team' is focused on holding human traffickers accountable to the full extent of the law while connecting victims with the resources and supports they need,' says Cpl Jen Clarke of the Nova Scotia RCMP. 'We hope these charges represent a step forward in the healing process for the victims.'
Anyone can become a victim of human trafficking. The signs are often there, but it can be challenging to piece together. That is why it is so important to know what to look for.
Signs of human trafficking include:
If you suspect that you are or have been trafficked, believe you know someone who is being trafficked or have information related to this investigation, please contact the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team at 902-449-2425. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App. The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline (1-833-900-1010) is a nation-wide hotline.
The investigation is ongoing. The Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team is leading the investigation and was assisted by Colchester District RCMP, the Vice Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, Truro Police Service and New Brunswick RCMP.
File #: 20191384960.