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An Ontario man will stand trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in early 2020 on 13 charges, including human trafficking.
Jermaine Brandon Spencer, 30, of Etobicoke is accused of bringing an Ontario woman to the Halifax area last year and forcing her to work in the sex trade.
Spencer was sent on to trial following a preliminary inquiry in Halifax provincial court in October.
Lawyer Ian Hutchison appeared in Supreme Court in Halifax on Thursday on behalf of Spencer, who is out on bail and living in Ontario.
After Hutchison entered not-guilty pleas, Justice Christa Brothers scheduled Spencer’s judge-alone trial for five days beginning Jan. 20, 2020.
Spencer is charged with human trafficking, receiving material benefit from sexual services, procuring someone to provide sexual services, advertising sexual services, forcible confinement, withholding documents for the purpose of human trafficking, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault causing bodily harm, trafficking a substance he held out to be cocaine, and two counts each of assault with a weapon and uttering threats.
The offences are alleged to have been committed between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 2017.
Spencer was arrested in Ontario in November 2017 and transported to Halifax to face the allegations. He has been free since January on $5,000 cash bail with his girlfriend and mother as sureties.
He must live at his girlfriend’s apartment in Etobicoke and observe a 10 p.m.- 6 a.m. curfew. He cannot have any contact with the alleged victim, be in Waterloo, Ont., or possess any weapons.
Spencer is also required to notify Halifax police two days before he travels to Nova Scotia for any court appearances.