Vancouver Man to be Sentenced in BC Supreme Court for Pimping Young Women and Girls

Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY
 

Vancouver Man to be Sentenced in BC Supreme Court
for Pimping Young Women and Girls

 

This coming Wednesday - February 7, 2018; at BC Supreme Court in Downtown Vancouver, Michael Bannon is to appear before Justice Gregory Bowden, to be sentenced for 22 counts of sexual exploitation of young women and girls, some of his victims were as young as 15 years- old.

Members of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter will be attending the court to hear the sentencing decision.
Louisa Russell, spokeswoman for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter has been following the case: “It’s a relief to see Bannon being held accountable but so far the men who bought the girls haven’t been charged. It is unacceptable that the Vancouver Police Department will not enforce the law when it comes to criminalizing men who buy women and girls for sexual use and abuse.”

Background:

- Last week (on January 30, 2018) Michael Bannon pleaded guilty to 22 out of 25 criminal charges relating to luring, prostituting, controlling, and living off the avail of 9 young women. 8 of them were younger than 18 years-old.

- The charges are relating to crimes committed by Bannon in Vancouver between June 2014 to July 2015.

- Police started the investigation after an officer stopped one of Bannon’s victims, a 17 year-old girl who was heading from Vancouver to her home in Surrey. The girl was in poor physical condition and mental health and the officer took her to the hospital. This was after she had endured a weekend of sexual encounters with two dozen men. One of them had given her drugs that caused her to lose consciousness for a few hours during that time

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Media Contact: Hilla Kerner, 604-872-8212, hillak[at]rapereliefshelter.bc.ca
 

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