One of the four men wanted on charges connected to human trafficking has turned himself in, while the other three remain at large.
The RCMP reported Friday that Kenny Jouthe had turned himself in at the Provincial Court in Saskatoon. He was wanted on a warrant that had been issued in June by the Saskatchewan RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime North Unit. The warrants were issued as part of an 18-month investigation into a suspected human trafficking group operating across western Canada with strong ties to Saskatchewan.
Jouthe is charged with trafficking persons (s279.01(1) of the Criminal Code), material benefit from trafficking in persons (s279.02(1) of the Criminal Code), withholding or destroying identity documents (s279.03(1) of the Criminal Code) and charges related to participating in the activities of a criminal organization.
The RCMP are still looking for three other suspects who have Canada-wide warrants out for their arrest. They are Billy Glenold-Fleury (born August 9th, 1989), Mali Jean (April 18, 1988) and Bechir Ben Salah (April 8, 1989). The accused have tied to Saskatchewan, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.
In a previous release regarding the four men, the Saskatchewan RCMP stated "there are many different facets of human trafficking, the most commonly known being sexual exploitation or sex trafficking, which is different from the charges laid to date for this specific investigation."