Appearance of six juvenile prostitution clients in Sherbrooke
The six individuals who allegedly sought the sexual services of minors in June in Sherbrooke were formally charged.
Thesix individuals between the ages of 26 and 65 are all charged with luring a minor, that is, having contacted a person under the age of 18 to facilitate the commission of a criminal sexual offense. to have contacted a minor to obtain the sexual services of a minor for a fee.
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Louis-Philippe Perreault, 33, Sherbrooke, Francis-Anthony Beaucage, 26, Magog, Stéphane Desrochers, 39, Sherbrooke, Gilles Guillette, 65, Granby, Arghyadip Ghosh, 27, Sherbrooke and Fraidun Qurban Ali, 29, of Sherbrooke was not required to report to Justice Claire Desgens of the Court of Quebec on Monday.
Their files were reported in November and December at the Sherbrooke courthouse. One of them had appeared last Friday.
The defendants are liable to a minimum prison sentence of one year if they are convicted of the charges brought by the prosecuting attorney Marilène Laviolette.
They are defended by Me Michel Dussault, Me Christian Raymond, Me Roger Paquin, Me Stéphanie Marcoux and Me Guy Plourde.
It was the police of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) who arrested these six men on June 11th and 12th for juvenile prostitution.
The Major Crime Investigation Division of the SQ, in partnership with the Sherbrooke Police Service (SPS) and the Integrated Pharmacy Reduction Team, had carried out this major operation.
The police conducted a number of interventions at a hotel in Sherbrooke specifically targeting clients who allegedly attempted to purchase sexual services from persons under 18 years of age.
This operation also aimed to gather information in order to get victims out of the grip of pimps.
The sexual exploitation of minors challenges the political authorities.
A special commission on the sexual exploitation of minors was created on the last regular day of the parliamentary session in the National Assembly last June.
The SPS confirmed last May closely monitor the phenomenon of prostitution in Sherbrooke hotels.
Earlier this year, SPS Director Danny McConnell identified the fight against pimps and prostitution clients as one of the priorities of the SPS Investigation Division in 2019.
More than 300 records of sightings, minors and adults had been completed in 2018 regarding procuring in Sherbrooke.