By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Three men face multiple sex-trade charges involving three women in Winnipeg and police say they’re worried there could be others who may have been victimized.
Police say an investigation began in April when the force learned about one woman who said she had been threatened and made to work in the sex industry.
Officers then discovered two other women.
Police say the women told them that a man had introduced them to two other men with the intention of having the women work in the sex trade.
They were promised money, housing, clothes and amenities, and agreed to demands because they felt threatened.
Police say in a news release that online ads were posted between April 29 and June 9 portraying women as “escorts who provide sexual services.”
It’s believed the suspects would answer online requests and arrange meetings at Winnipeg hotels. Police also allege that on several occasions the suspects drove the women to locations, met with customers and took payments. The women were reportedly given cocaine more than once.
Bego Muhmutovic, 19; Ali Noaman Jaljal Zangana, 20; and Yahya Ahmed Yahya, 19, each face several charges, including procuring a person to provide sexual services.
They remain in custody.