A former Concordia University football player was found guilty of human trafficking and pimping on Tuesday after receiving up to $1,800 a day from a young Montrealer who offered sex services at spas and hotel rooms in Montreal and Toronto.
“Not only did the accused control the movements [de sa victime], he also controlled his personality. In her words, she would have done anything to please him,” Judge Josée Bélanger summarized before declaring André Bryan Rose guilty in Montreal court.
Ontario met the one who would become his victim in a Montreal bar in 2010. At that time, he was studying sociology at Concordia University, where he also played football. He also moved to Montreal after receiving a scholarship to play on the university’s team.
The woman, then 19, fell in love “at first sight”, testified at the trial.
They initially had a friendly relationship, which later turned into a romantic relationship for a period of about eight years.
It was during a conversation on the Skype app in the spring of 2013 that Rose began suggesting sexual services she could offer at spas and massage parlors. The man, now 31, had the idea that they would both get rich.
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At first, she declined the offer. So she finally changed her mind and accepted out of love and to please him.
” [La victime] he was vulnerable because of his great love for the accused. By insisting on her, who was in a vulnerable position, he exerted an influence on her and encouraged her to prostitute herself,” lamented Judge Bélanger.
During their relationship, Rose manipulated her and threatened her to continue prostituting herself, the details of the trial. For example, when the victim tried to free himself from his pimphe praised her for coming back to him.
If she wanted to continue seeing him, she had to bring him some money. At one point, Rose even set a goal of earning $1,000 a day, the victim said.
Over a period of seven months in 2015, she earned between $300 and $1,800 a day. Sometimes, when she didn’t bring home enough money at the end of the day, Rose would get mad at her.
The young woman had to work six days a week and her only leave was “one day for maintenance” for manicure, hair and eyebrows. She even counted the time she had to go back to work two days after having her tooth pulled, while she was still bleeding.
Rose nicknamed her “Brinks” because she brought in a lot of money. Refers to a truck carrying money. In addition, the accused had a machine to count the bills he pocketed from prostitution.
Threat to kill her
When she was finally able to leave Toronto in February 2018, he made death threats to her. “I’m going to Montreal and I’m going to kill you,” he said in a phone conversation.
Judge Josée Bélanger believed the victim’s version, even though her testimony wasn’t perfect, he said. Ontario was thus found guilty of a number of charges, including pimping, human trafficking, death threats and assault.
Visibly upset, he said in court that he was “upset” by the verdict. His case will return next September for sentencing.
– With the collaboration of Michaël Nguyen