An 18-year-old young man who allegedly tried to force a teenage girl of only 13 years old into prostitution was pinned down by the Sûreté du Québec police officers on Wednesday in Boisbriand.
Simon Fortin, 18, appeared at the Saint-Jérôme courthouse on Thursday on charges of carrying a weapon for a dangerous purpose and for trying to recruit the alleged victim to induce her to offer sexual services for money.
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A search was also carried out in his home in Boisbriand in order to seize materials which could flesh out the evidence against him in the file.
“It should be noted that this type of intervention aims to come to the aid of victims under the yoke of pimps and to target the latter with a view to bringing them to justice”, indicated Sergeant Éloïse Cossette, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.
Simon Fortin could have had other victims, according to the authorities. Anyone who could have been a victim of this individual is invited to contact 911 or the local police station in order to file an official complaint.