Edmonton… An Edmonton couple have been charged with numerous criminal offences after a 16-year-old reported to police that she was a victim of human trafficking.
ALERT’s Human Trafficking and Counter Exploitation unit made the arrest and searched two associated homes on February 16, 2022. Alexander Basaraba, 20, and Brooklyn Jober Sutherland, 19, have been charged with numerous offences.
The couple’s arrest came after a 16-year-old victim disclosed to a school counsellor that she was recruited and forced into working in the sex industry
“We want to recognize the courage and resiliency of the victim survivor. ALERT is concerned that there are other victims out there and encourage them to reach out to us. Our primary goal is to ensure their safety and to connect them with available resources.”
Staff Sergeant Frank Pagé, ALERT Human Trafficking
The survivor is receiving support and specialized care resources. Survivors of sex trafficking can call 211 for help.
Anyone with information about this investigation, or any human trafficking offence is encouraged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.
Basaraba and Jober Sutherland are scheduled to appear in court on March 10, 2022 and have been jointly charged with:
Basaraba is described as six feet two inches tall and 198 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Jober-Sutherland is described as five feet four inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. Their photos are being released as the suspects are known to use aliases.
As part of the investigation ALERT had seized $19,000 cash, which is believed to be proceeds of crime.
The investigation began in November 2021 and also involved the assistance of Edmonton Police Service and Parkland County RCMP.