September 15, 2014 - 1:00 PM
VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man who lured teenage girls into prostitution has been convicted of 30 charges including human trafficking, believed to be the first such conviction in the province.
Reza Moazami was charged with 36 counts that also included living on the avails of a juvenile, sexual assault and sexual interference.
Three of the offences he's been convicted of have minimum five-year sentences.
B.C. Supreme Court heard during Moazami's trial that he recruited at-risk girls using promises of drugs, booze and the companionship of a pet dog.
Court heard a girl who'd become addicted to crack cocaine at age 12 allegedly began working for Moazami when she was 16 after meeting him at a shopping mall food court.
A date for sentencing is expected to be set Monday.
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