Two men charged in human trafficking case

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April 25, 2016 1:40 PM

Two men were charged in a human trafficking case after an 18-year-old women called police for help, saying she was being forced to have sex and was being held against her will.
The call was made on Jan. 26 from a residence on the 8100 block of 45 Street, where Lloydminster RCMP responded to the call of an 18 year old women who was in distress.
One of the men was arrested shortly after the call, while the second man left town for Manitoba where he was later found and arrested.
“She was introduced to them through a mutual friend,” said Const. Grant Kirzinger, media spokesperson for the Lloydminster RCMP.
Neither of the men were from Lloydminster, so an in-depth investigation started between a number of different sections of the RCMP, both in Lloydminster and throughout the rest of Canada.
The victim also wasn’t a Lloydminster resident, but police would only say she was a Canadian citizen from Alberta. 
Preston Carpenter, 32, is from Edmonton and is charged with trafficking in persons, obstruction, fail to comply with probation, possession of a controlled substance, and three counts of possession of property obtained by crime.
Cebien Dieujuste, 28, is a Montreal native and is charged with trafficking in persons, two counts of sexual assault, and assault.
The victim received medical treatment when she was picked up and victim services provided emotional support.
Both men will stay in custody and are scheduled to appear in Alberta Provincial Court via closed circuit television.

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