Manitoba RCMP arrest seven, lay 65 charges in child exploitation, human trafficking investigation

Manitoba RCMP arrest seven, lay 65 charges in child exploitation, human trafficking investigation

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Manitoba Mounties say they will announce dozens of charges at a news conference Tuesday morning following an investigation into child exploitation and human trafficking.

Investigators from Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie are expected to arrive at the inquest at 11 a.m.

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The RCMP has called a news conference for 11 a.m. to unveil 65 charges against seven people following an investigation into human trafficking and child exploitation. (David Bell/CBC)

Manitoba RCMP say they will announce dozens of charges Tuesday morning following an investigation into child exploitation and human trafficking.

RCMP said its online child exploitation unit has executed warrants and laid what it describes as “numerous charges” following the investigation, which appears to have focused on Portage la Prairie, according to a media advisory sent out Monday afternoon.

Mounties said they arrested seven people and laid 65 charges.

The RCMP has called a news conference to be held at D Division Headquarters in Winnipeg at 11 a.m. Inspector Shawn Pike, an investigative services officer with the RCMP’s Major Crimes Services, will speak at the news conference.

Also expected to attend are: Child Exploitation Investigator Constable Kirandeep Hira, Portage la Prairie Investigator Constable Catlin Lang, Divisional Human Trafficking Coordinator Staff Sergeant Tara Clelland and Portage la Prairie Mayor Sharilyn Knox.

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