Vancouver pimp who lured nine victims into prostitution gets 14 years


A Vancouver pimp who lured nine young victims into prostitution has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

In imposing sentence on Michael William Bannon, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gregory Bowden said that the aggravating factors included that Bannon began his criminal enterprise within days of his release from serving a lengthy federal prison term.

Bannon procured one of his victims while he was on parole, encouraged the young women that he targeted to provide unprotected sex, introduced some of the victims to drugs, and took half of the money from their sexual services.

“His business generated substantial sums of money through the exploitation of vulnerable young persons,” said the judge.

Seven of the nine complainants were girls under the age of 18, with one of them being 14 years of age. One female victim was 18 years old and one was a teenage boy. The offences occurred in 2014 and 2015.

The judge said the victim impact statements provided to him were “very compelling” and highlight the mental and physical harm they suffered at the hands of Bannon, who pleaded guilty to 22 of 25 criminal charges laid against him.

“At this point, I would like to acknowledge the courage of the young women and one young man for being prepared to testify in court with respect to these offences,” said the judge. “It would have been a very difficult experience for them.”

After Bannon, 35, entered his plea, the Crown and the defence argued that he should receive a 14-year jail term.

The judge said he was satisfied of the need for the joint submission, noting that it called for a sentence that was similar to offenders convicted of conspiracy to commit murder or manslaughter.

“I am satisfied that the global sentence agreed to by the Crown and defence is fit and appropriate and is not contrary …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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