Vancouver pimp threatened to kill teen girls’ puppies to control them, court hears

Published: March 19, 2014
PIMP-Vancouver British Columbia

Reza Moazami is shown the prisoner’s box in this court drawing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Felicity Don

KEITH FRASER
VANCOUVER DESI

A Vancouver man accused of operating a prostitution ring with vulnerable teenaged girls denied Wednesday that he threatened to kill their dogs to keep them in line.

Reza Moazami has pleaded not guilty to 36 criminal counts involving the girls, aged 14 to 19, from February 2009 to October 2011.

Several of the girls have testified that Moazami gave them dogs and when they became attached to the animals, threatened to kill them.

One of the girls, who was also Moazami’s girlfriend, claimed that the accused took her on a trip to Calgary, where he threatened to throw her little dog off the hotel balcony.

Crown counsel Kristin Bryson pointed to a Facebook message from Moazami to the girl in which he admits that he might have said he wanted to kill the dog but that he was “bull…tting.”

Moazami’s message to the girl went on: “I’m being honest. I don’t know how to control my anger. And I did a stupid thing by taking it out on this poor dog, although he didn’t do anything to me.”

Asked by Bryson to comment, Moazami replied: “I didn’t threaten to kill the dog. I said get it trained, just don’t have it s..tting and peeing everywhere.”

Questioned by Bryson as to whether the girls came to love their dogs, Moazami said he instructed them not to become attached to the animals.

Another Facebook message from the girlfriend, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, to Moazami, had her complaining that she felt she was in jail and being treated like a “slave” by the accused.

“I acknowledge she says she feels imprisoned,” said Moazami, after being questioned by Bryson about the message. “If she feels imprisoned, why didn’t she just get up and leave?”

Moazami was earlier grilled about celebrating the girl’s birthday, insisting that he didn’t remember the age of the complainant although they had had a “short” discussion about her age.

He admitted that he’d had sex with many of the girls, who he said he worked with but did not control, as alleged by prosecutors.

“We had sex here and there,” he said of one of the complainants.

Moazami’s comments came during his first day of cross-examination, following four days of direct examination during which he denied allegations he was violent with the girls and sexually assaulted them.

On Wednesday, he admitted he had kicked one of the girls but denied that he harmed any of the other complainants.

He said he provided a place for the girls to work as escorts, cell phones and security.

Moazami gave one of the girls a GPS device to be able to monitor her whereabouts and sometimes hid in the closets of the Vancouver apartments that he rented for the complainants.

And he claimed he shared the money that the girls earned and that they were free to “come and go.”

Moazami admitted he used the highly-addictive painkiller Oxycontin but insisted that he was not an addict.

Several times, Moazami failed to answer the questions he was being asked and was admonished by B.C. Supreme Court Justic Catherine Bruce.

“Mr. Moazami, you’re not answering the question,” said the judge at one point. “Focus on the question being asked.”

kfraser@theprovince.com

twitter.com/keithrfraser


Tags: , , , , , , , ,





Featured

Screen shot of Shah Rukh Khan's first video tweet. Submitted.

Shah Rukh Khan sends out India’s first tweet using Twitter’s new mobile video camera

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was the first-ever Indian to use Twitter’s freshly launched mobile video camera. Twitter announced the new feature on…
Continue Reading »

Amanda Todd is shown in an undated handout photo. The man accused in the cyberbullying case of British Columbia teen Amanda Todd has denied the allegations against him in a letter released by his lawyer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Facebook, HO

‘First off, I’m innocent’: Dutch man accused in Amanda Todd extortion case writes open letter saying he’s the wrong guy

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI The Dutch man suspected of online extortion in the Amanda Todd case has released a letter from jail, to tell the…
Continue Reading »

Indian spectators watch as a float carrying a sign that reads "Congratulations! It's a Baby Girl" passes by during the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2015. The float represented India's Ministry of Women and Child Development.  An estimated 26 million babies are born anually in India, a country considered to be one of the worst places to be born a girl because of a societal 'gender gap' that favours boys and preferences for male children.  ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

India’s Supreme Court bans online advertisements for pre-birth sex tests

VANCOUVER DESI India’s Supreme Court has ordered Internet giants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block all advertisements for pre-birth tests that determine a child’s gender,…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Amanda Todd is shown in an undated handout photo. The man accused in the cyberbullying case of British Columbia teen Amanda Todd has denied the allegations against him in a letter released by his lawyer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Facebook, HO

‘First off, I’m innocent’: Dutch man accused in Amanda Todd extortion case writes open letter saying he’s the wrong guy

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI The Dutch man suspected of online extortion in the Amanda Todd case has released a letter from jail, to tell the…
Continue Reading »

sethi

American Punjabi rapper feels at home in Vancouver

Collaborative hip hop and artistic group Char Bagh set to play the PuSh Festival on Saturday   LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI California-based MC and artist…
Continue Reading »

Al Paskall, husband of slain hockey mom Julie Paskall, was in Surrey Provincial court today during day one of her accused killer's preliminary hearing. Gord Goble/Surrey Now.

‘I wasn’t there when I should’ve been,’ husband of slain Surrey hockey mom says in court

AMY REID SURREY NOW “It should have been me.” More than a year after his high school sweetheart Julie Paskall lost her life following an…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Vancouver-BC

Raise your hand, send us a selfie and make a statement against racism (with video)

VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver Desi’s digital anti-racism campaign, Raise Your Hands Against Racism, officially kicked off Thursday, with people across the Lower Mainland sending in selfies…
Continue Reading »

DEVGAN

Bollywood film that was to shoot in Alberta ‘indefinitely postponed’

ERIC VOLMERS CALGARY HERALD Don’t brush up your Bollywood dance moves yet, Alberta. Shivay, a Hindi film that was set to start filming in the Rocky Mountains…
Continue Reading »

File photo: The new Surrey City Hall in Surrey, B.C., December 29, 2014. Arlen Redekop/PNG

Surrey named one of top seven most intelligent communities in the world

AMY REID SURREY NOW SURREY — The City of Surrey has been named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015 by New York-based think…
Continue Reading »

FILE PHOTO: A leopard walks with a tranquiliser dart in the residential area of Jyotikuchi in Guwahati, the capital city of the northeastern state of Assam on March 15, 2009. Three people were mauled by the leopard after the cat strayed into the city before it was tranquilised by forestry department officials. BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images

Leopard in India beaten to death by villagers after vicious attack

IANS Kolkata  – A young male leopard was beaten to death by a mob of angry villagers on Monday after it strayed into a West…
Continue Reading »

prv0122Nfashion01

Passion for fashion turned into day job for Surrey clothing designer

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Surrey’s Davi Bains-Gill never thought her love for fashion and design could be her livelihood. She pursued a career in social…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Screen shot of Shah Rukh Khan's first video tweet. Submitted.

Shah Rukh Khan sends out India’s first tweet using Twitter’s new mobile video camera

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was the first-ever Indian to use Twitter’s freshly launched mobile video camera. Twitter announced the new feature on…
Continue Reading »

Sunny Leone posts a photo of her family vacation to her Instagram account. Submitted photo/Instagram.

Sunny Leone signed on to mentor participants of new social media reality show

HINDUSTAN TIMES Listed as India’s most-searched celebrity last year, the Internet has certainly played a crucial role in Indo Canadian porn star turned Bollywood actress…
Continue Reading »

image002.jpg

First sneak-peek of Bombay Velvet: Ranbir Kapoor a convincing street fighter

IANS New Delhi  – Donning ragged clothes with his hands wrapped in bandages, Ranbir Kapoor looks convincing as a street-fighter in his upcoming film Bombay…
Continue Reading »