A man faces a number of prostitution related charges as a result of a 4½ month-long investigation.
In September 2011, officers assigned to the HRP/RCMP Integrated Vice Unit received a complaint concerning a common bawdy house being operated in the 2000 block of Robie Street. The investigation indicates that the prostitution operation moved from Robie Street and relocated to a local motel for a period of time before moving to other locations.
In January, officers learned that the operation had moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick. Yesterday, HRP/RCMP Vice Investigators and officers from Fredericton Police Force conducted a search at a motel located on the north side of Fredericton. Seven people, including three men, two women, one female youth and one male youth, were arrested. Six of the people were released without charges and investigators will be returning to Halifax with one man who will face charges in connection with this investigation.
Twenty-six-year-old Blake Edward Stymest is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face the following charges:
- Section 212(1)(j) CC - Living Partly on the Avails of Prostitution
- Section 212(1)(d) - Procures a Person in Canada to Become a Prostitute
- Section 212(1)(h) - For the Purpose of Gain, Exercise Control, Direction or Influence over the Movements of a Person in Such a Manner is Aiding/Abetting or Compelling that Person to Engage in Prostitution
- Section 210(a) CC - Keeping a Common Bawdy House
- Section 264.1 CC - Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm