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.”

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