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Jamie Byron gets six years for human trafficking

Jasleen Singh with Sarah Anderson

Jamie Byron will serve six years in jail for forcing a teen girl to sell her body to more than 100 men.

Byron, 24, was charged with luring a 17-year-old disabled orphan from Windsor into prostitution and forcing her to engage in brutal sex acts for money he kept.

Justice Bonnie Warkentin says Byron lured the woman on the pretence they would be boyfriend and girlfriend. He then threatened, abused and intimidated her, living off the proceeds of selling her body.

Byron has maintained he considered her to be his girlfriend at the time the offences took place.

His lawyer Francois Dulude asked for the minimum five-year sentence and argued Byron had the strong support of his family and a former girlfriend. The Crown sought a 10 year sentence, arguing Byron was a parasite who was "motivated by greed."

Byron was 21 at the time of the offences and had two previous minor convictions, including the possession of marijuana.

Warkentin said Byron also burnt the victim's birth certificate and other personal documents to keep her compliant. The girl said in her victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing that she continues to suffer from distress and nightmares.

He is first person to be found guilty of human trafficking since Parliament added this section to the Criminal Code in 2005.

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