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Three B.C. men charged in brutal attacks on sex trade workers

By Arthur Weinreb     May 2, 2014 in Crime
Surrey - Three men in their early 20s face a total of 17 charges arising from assaults of two sex trade workers in 2012 in Surrey, B.C.
The Surrey detachment of the RCMP announced the three men were arrested on April 17 in the two alleged assaults of sex trade workers. Simrampreet Singh Dhillon, 20, Sukhraj Singh Chahal, 20, and Gurjinder Sodha, 24, face a total of 17 charges arising from the attacks that took place in 2012.
The first attack occurred on Aug. 12, 2012. A sex worker was picked up by two men and taken to a secluded area of Surrey where she was physically and sexually attacked.
Dhillon and Chahal are charged in that attack.
The second alleged attack took place on Oct. 18, 2012. Again, a sex trade worker was picked up by a car with two men inside. She was also driven to a secluded area where she was attacked.
Dhillon and Sodha are charged in the second attack. According to the RCMP, the victim of the Oct. 18 attack was so severely injured she had to spend a lengthy time in hospital.
Dhillon faces two counts of sexual assault with a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, two counts of robbery, two counts of uttering threats to cause bodily harm and aggravated assault.
Chahal has been charged with sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and robbery.
Sodha faces the same charges as Chahal in relation to the second attack.
In announcing the arrests, RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said, "Every time our investigators are tasked with solving a crime that involved a victim being, sometimes from a very vulnerable segment of our population, it definitely brings an emotional aspect to these investigations...Our investigators were relentless in investigating these cases, which led to the successful laying of charges against three individuals."
The RCMP believes there are more victims who have not come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Child Abuse and Sexual Offence Unit or Crime Stoppers.
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