Montreal man gets 6 years in Ottawa human trafficking case involving girl, 17
Jamie Byron has been convicted on human trafficking charges in Ottawa.
OTTAWA - A Montreal man convicted of human trafficking in Ottawa has been sentenced to six years in prison for forcing an orphaned teenaged girl into prostitution.
According to CFRA, Jamie Byron, 24, was convicted in August of nine charges, including human trafficking, assault and living off the avails of a prostitute under the age of 18.
Court heard Byron lured his 17-year-old victim from her home in Windsor, Ont., and forced her to travel between several cities, including Ottawa, working as a prostitute.
Justice Bonnie Warkentin says Byron lured the girl by telling her he would be her boyfriend, then threatened, abused and intimidated her.
Byron's lawyer Francois Dulude asked for the minimum five-year sentence and argued Byron had the strong support of his family and a former girlfriend.
The Crown sought a 10-year sentence, arguing Byron, who was 21 at the time of the offences, was a parasite who was "motivated by greed."