Juvenile prostitution: two clients abandon their preliminary investigation
Two juvenile prostitution clients in Sherbrooke waived their preliminary investigation on Wednesday.
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René-Charles Quirion La Tribune Two clients of juvenile prostitution in Sherbrooke gave up their preliminary investigation on Wednesday.
Louis-Philippe Perreault and Fraidun Qurban Ali were cited at their trial by Judge Conrad Chapdelaine of the Court of Quebec.
Gilles Guillette and Arghyadip Ghosh had also abandoned their preliminary investigation.
Francis-Anthony Beaucage, 26, from Magog, and Stéphane Desrochers, 39, from Sherbrooke, have asked for a preliminary investigation to be held on October 22.
It was the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police officers who arrested these six men on June 11 and 12, 2019 in relation to juvenile prostitution.
The SQ's Major Crimes Investigations Division, in partnership with the Sherbrooke Police Service (SPS) and the Integrated Pimping Fighting Team, carried out this major operation.
An undercover agent had been used during this SQ investigation.
The police carried out several interventions in a hotel establishment in Sherbrooke specifically targeting clients who allegedly attempted to purchase the sexual services of people under the age of 18.
This operation also aimed to collect information in order to get the victims out of the grip of pimps.
All of these individuals are accused of luring a minor, or of having communicated with a person under the age of 18 in order to facilitate the commission of a criminal charge of a sexual nature as well as of having communicated with a person. minor in order to obtain the sexual services of a minor for remuneration.
Defendants face minimum prison sentences of one year if found guilty of the charges against them.
The sexual exploitation of minors challenges the political authorities.
The special parliamentary commission on the sexual exploitation of minors created by the government of Quebec recently completed its work and is due to submit its report in December.
The SPS confirmed in May 2019 to closely monitor prostitution activities in hotels in Sherbrooke.
The fight against pimps and clients of prostitution had been identified as one of the priorities of the SPS investigations division in 2019.