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Man charged after human trafficking investigation

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A Winnipeg man is in custody after being arrested for his alleged involvement in human trafficking.

The investigation started in 2013, when members of the Winnipeg police service counter exploitation unit came across a case involving the exploitation of a female.

The victim told officers of her difficult financial situation, how she met a man in the summer of 2012 and how he managed to convince her to enter the sex trade as an escort.

For the next 18 months, the man controlled the victim through intimidation, threats and violence. Police determined that the suspect forced the victim to work in the sex trade in Winnipeg, as well as other cities within Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Jared Matthew Schaffer, 29, is facing prostitution and assault charges for his alleged involvement in this situation.

Police arrested him in the area of Main Street and Jefferson Avenue Wednesday.

He is being held at the provincial remand centre.

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