Edmonton man wanted in human trafficking investigation
Posted: March 10, 2021
Edmonton… An Alberta-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of an Edmonton man allegedly involved in human trafficking.
Felicien Mufuta is wanted by the ALERT Human Trafficking and Exploitation unit. The 37-year-old man is facing charges of:
- Trafficking in persons;
- Sexual assault;
- Advertising sexual services;
- Material benefit – trafficking; and
- Breach of release conditions.
“ALERT believes this suspect preyed on some of our society’s most vulnerable people; allegedly controlling them through violence and withholding their identity documents,” said Staff Sergeant Lance Parker, ALERT Human Trafficking.
ALERT attempted to arrest Mufuta on March 4, 2021 when a south Edmonton home was searched, however the suspect was not located at the time. He is believed to be in the Edmonton area and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.
The investigation began after a survivor contacted the Edmonton Police Service in February 2021.The woman reported she was being forced to work in the sex trade, and had been sexually assaulted by the accused.
The survivor is receiving support and specialized care resources. Survivors of sex trafficking can call 211 for help.
ALERT believes there may be additional victims and is encouraging others to come forward and contact police. Anyone with information about this investigation, or any human trafficking offence is encouraged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.