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Months-long human trafficking investigation leads to several charges for Nova Scotia man

Morgan MacDonald's charges include four counts each of trafficking in underage persons and luring a child
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(Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A Nova Scotia man is facing numerous charges following a four-month multi-jurisdictional investigation led by the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team.

Morgan MacDonald, 31, was arrested outside of the Atlantic Institution in Renous, New Brunswick Thursday morning.

RCMP say he was serving time in the federal corrections facility for an unrelated matter.

MacDonald has been charged with the following:

  • Four counts of trafficking in underage persons
  • Receiving a financial or material benefit knowing it resulted from human trafficking
  • Two counts of procuring a person to offer or provide sexual services
  • Advertising sexual services
  • Receiving a material benefit from sexual services
  • Four counts of luring a child
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Three counts of uttering threats to cause bodily harm or death
  • Intimidation of a justice system participant
  • Two counts of break, enter, and committing an indictable offence
  • Three counts of assault
  • Five counts of trafficking cocaine
  • Trafficking MDMA/ Ecstasy
  • Two counts of Trafficking clonazepam

MacDonald is scheduled to appear in Truro Provincial Court today and Mounties say the investigation continues.

"The Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team is focused on holding human traffickers accountable to the full extent of the law while connecting victims with the resources and supports they need," says Cpl Jennifer Clarke of in a news release.

"We hope these charges represent a step forward in the healing process for the victims."

RCMP say the following could be signs of human trafficking:

  • Met someone (i.e. boyfriend) who treats the victims like a prince or princess.
  • Starts to withdraw from family and friends (i.e. limits social media use).
  • Constantly having to check in with someone via cell phone with an urgency to call or text a response.
  • Changes in physical appearance (such as having hair and nails done).
  • Unexplained gifts.
  • New clothing, lingerie, designer shoes and handbags.
  • Can be escorted and/or watched.
  • Is isolated from friends and family.
  • New tattoos (can indicate branding or ownership).
  • Moves addresses frequently and/or often stays in hotels.
  • Unexplained injuries or bruises.

If you suspect human trafficking, contact the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team at 902-449-2425 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.

You can also contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010, which is a nation-wide hotline.




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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana & lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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