A Calgary woman has been sentenced to eight years in connection to a human trafficking investigation that was launched two years ago.

Amanda Kathleen McGee was charged with nine offences in April 2014 including;

  • Trafficking in persons
  • Administering a noxious substance to aggrieve or annoy
  • Live on the avails of prostitution
  • Keeper of a common bawdy house
  • Sexual assault with a weapon
  • Forcible confinement
  • Procure a person to become a prostitute
  • Extortion
  • Voyeurism

The two month-investigation began after family members contacted RCMP on January 11, 2014, to check on the welfare of an 18-year-old woman who was believed to be in the city.

She was located by officers at a local bus station and told them that she had been held against her will for several months and was forced to act as a sex-trade worker.

Police believed that the woman arrived in the city in October 2013 for a job and was then befriended by McGee, who offered her a cheap place to live.

A few weeks into the living arrangement, McGee began slipping drugs into her roommate’s drinks and while she was incapacitated, took pictures of her and later used the photos to extort the young woman into participating in the sex trade.

Another victim came forward during the investigation saying she had also been a victim and police were able to connect both offences to McGee.

On Friday, McGee pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to eight years.