New Brunswick Tribune

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

After the rescue of an N.B. girl, human trafficking charges were filed

Key takeaways:

  • According to investigators, the girl managed to run early on November 9 evening and dialled 911.
  • The girl informed officers she was part of a construction group that stopped at several hotels throughout Nova Scotia.

Over almost a month, a 16-year-old New Brunswick girl told police in Bridgewater, N.S., that she was transferred from place to place and sexually attacked.

In conjunction with the claims, two Maritimers have been charged with human trafficking.

The girl managed to flee early on November 9 evening and dialled 911, according to police. She had no sense of where she was, but she provided enough information to the operator that police were smart to find her in the parking lot of a Bridgewater motel on North Street.

“She was nervous and visibly shivering, and she had no identity or money,” said Bridgewater Police Deputy Chief Danny MacPhee.

“She told our officers she was from New Brunswick and that she was residing with adults who had likewise kept her cellphone hidden from her until that point.”

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This is a serious trauma.

According to MacPhee, the girl informed officers she was part of a construction group that stopped at several hotels throughout Nova Scotia.

He stated that the girl was safe and sound in New Brunswick.

“Our biggest concern was making sure she was safe and receiving the care she needed,” MacPhee explained.

“As a survivor of a sexual offence and as a young woman, she has experienced considerable suffering as a result of the claims.”

After the rescue of an N.B. girl, human trafficking charges were filed.

Two persons have been charged.

Brookdale’s Bruce Nicholas Gilroy, 30, N.S., and  Chelsey Wilson, 28, of Moncton, N.B., have been arrested.

Sexual assault, unlawful imprisonment, providing a harmful substance, and recruiting a minor to exploit sexual services are among the allegations they face.

Bridgewater police have enlisted the help of Nova Scotia’s human trafficking unit, fearing that the scenario is not unique and could affect other provinces, including New Brunswick.

Source: CBC

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