Canada
Quebec woman shares harrowing stories of life in alleged prostitution ring

Evgueni Mataev

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MONTREAL -- A former prostitute told a judge this week about her harrowing tale as a sex slave for aggressive pimps who forced her to sleep with up to 40 men a night and shoplift from local stores.

Sandy, which is not her real name, said she was saved from her nightmare when police arrested her after a shoplifting spree gone wrong in 2011.

She said one of her alleged pimps, Evgueni Mataev, sold her to male clients all night long, and once threatened to slash the throat of a man who didn't want to pay. She said she was passed along to another man, Vasilios Mastoropoulos, when Mataev was arrested. She said Mastoropoulos was just as violent as Mataev.

Mataev is on trial for human trafficking, pimping and attempted murder, while Mastoropoulos is facing charges of confinement and extortion. Three other men are accused in this case. They face several charges, including human trafficking.

Sandy told the court that Mastoropoulos made her steal razors, soap and other items from stores, which would be resold in order to buy crack and cocaine.

She was saved six months after she met the two accused, she said.

In March 2011, after stealing fistfuls of razor blades at a Montreal store, her getaway car ran out of gas. The driver was able to push the car to a gas station, but the police arrived.

Sandy was arrested and told police about what had happened to her.

She completed three days of testimony on Friday.

The five lawyers for the defense are scheduled to counter-interrogate Sandy on Monday.

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