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Three dozen charged in pair of prostitution stings
Calgary police say they have charged three dozen people in connection with prostitution in the city, with operations targeting problem communities as well as online hubs.
In March and June of this year, police conducted two operations that targeted sex trafficking in the City of Calgary.
The first operation, conducted between March 24 and March 27 in the Beltline and Forest Lawn, resulted in the arrest of 32 people who were all charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration.
The second sting, taking place between June 22 and June 25, specifically targeted offenders who were attempting to purchase sexual services from minors online.
The following four men were arrested and charged as a result of the June operation:
- Nam Voong, 29, from Calgary - scheduled to appear in court on July 13
- Muneeb Uddin Alvi, 20, from Calgary - scheduled to appear in court on July 23
- Justin James Harder, 27, from Ontario but residing in Calgary - scheduled to appear in court on July 24
- Mark Kennedy, 53, from Calgary - scheduled to appear in court on July 9
All four have been charged with one count of obtaining or communicating in any place for the purposes of attaining sexual services from a minor.