Monday, May 6, 2013: Jamie Byron, 23, is charged with human trafficking, assault, living off the avails of prostitution of a person under 18 with the use of violence, intimidation or coercion. He has pleaded not guilty. Laurie Foster-MacLeod/Ottawa Sun
OTTAWA — A Montreal man was convicted Wednesday for trafficking, beating and pimping out a vulnerable teen he’d forced to work the sex circuit until she was rescued by an Ottawa police detective.
Jamie Byron is the first person convicted in Ottawa under human trafficking laws.
He’s likely the first in Canada convicted of trafficking a person under 18 using violence, which carries a minimum of five years and maximum of 14 years behind bars.
Judge Bonnie Warkentin found the 23-year-old lured and forced the learning-disabled girl into prostitution.