Iqaluit man to be tried on human trafficking charge
Matthew Pierce, 33, faces several charges, including 1 for trafficking in persons
An Iqaluit resident accused of human trafficking will be tried on the charges against him.
Matthew Pierce, 33, faces several charges, including one count of trafficking in persons, one count of receiving benefit from human trafficking, one count of voyeurism, one count of publishing intimate images without consent, two counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault causing bodily harm, according to Crown prosecutor Abel Dion.
A court order prohibits the publication of the victim’s identity.
RCMP laid the charges on Sept. 12, 2022. They stem from incidents alleged to have occurred Nov. 1, 2014, and Aug. 23, 2022.
Pierce had a preliminary hearing in Iqaluit’s Nunavut Court of Justice on May 15. Preliminary hearings give the court a chance to see evidence and determine whether a case should proceed to trial.
Pierce’s next court date is scheduled for July 31.