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Alleged Langley human trafficker faces 16 charges

Accused allegedly trafficked minors
(File photo: New Westminster Supreme Court)

A Langley woman charged with human trafficking appeared in New Westminster Supreme Court on June 13, but isn't scheduled to go to trial until next year.

Jennifer Lynn Stephens made a pre-trial appearance, and is next scheduled to be back on Dec. 10 for a pre-trial conference. The trial itself is currently scheduled to begin Feb. 3, 2025 and could run to March 17.

Stephens was arrested after a Langley RCMP probe that led to charges of trafficking and assult.

The charges she is facing are:

• trafficking in persons

• trafficking for material benefit

• benefitting from sexual services, two counts

• procuring

• unlawful confinement

• assault causing bodily harm, two counts

• assault with a weapon, three counts

• uttering threats

• trafficking a person under the age of 18

• trafficking a person under the age of 18 for a material benefit

• procuring a person under the age of 18

• advertising sexual services

The investigation that led to the charges began on March 7, 2023, with a 911 call from a gas station near a motel in the 20400 block of 88 Avenue. A woman police described as injured and distressed walked int and asked someone to call the police.

Stephens was faced an assault charge as a result of the police investigation followiong that incident.

However, she missed a July court date, and the judge issued an arrest warrant. While they searched for her, Langley RCMP continued an investigation that grew to include the Surrey RCMP, the Vancouver Police Department's human trafficking unit, the RCMP E Division's behavioural sciences unit, a digital forensics unit, and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Team's interview team.

When Stephens was arrested in the Lower Mainland by Langley Serious Crime investigators in December, more charges, totalling 14 at the time, were laid agaginst her.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven in a court of law.

Matthew Claxton

About the Author: Matthew Claxton

Raised in Langley, as a journalist today I focus on local politics, crime and homelessness.
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