Montreal police say they believe the man arrested for sexual exploitation could have more victims in B.C. and was operating in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.
The Équipe intégrée de lutte contre le proxénétisme (EILP) (Integrated Team to Combat Sexual Exploitation) arrested 24-year-old Sergei Klenovski on Monday and he is facing several charges relating to the sexual exploitation of a 20-year-old woman.
In a statement Thursday, Montreal police said they have reason to believe Klenovski may have other victims in Quebec and B.C. A police spokesperson told the Courier in an email that investigators suspect he was operating in Surrey, Richmond, Victoria and Vancouver.
Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim, or knows a potential victim, to contact their local police station or call 911 to file an official complaint or make a statement.
Klenovski appeared in a Montreal court Tuesday on eight counts including human trafficking, procuring, sexual assault, treats and use of a weapon.
The Integrated Team to Combat Sexual Exploitation is a joint investigation unit of police forces working together to fight networks involved in the procurement and human trafficking for sexual exploitation at the interregional, interprovincial and international levels.
The unit brings together investigators from the RCMP and police in Quebec City, Laval, Gatineau and Longueuil.
- With files from Jess Fedigan/Prince George Matters