USA: Canadian fashion tycoon Peter Nygard is accused of sex trafficking

Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been charged with trafficking in women for sexual exploitation, extortion and other crimes targeting dozens of women and underage girls for more than 25 years in three countries, US authorities have said.

Canadian police arrested Nygard in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Monday at the request of the US government under the extradition treaty.

Manhattan attorney Audrey Strauss said Nygard, 79, used his influence and business to “recruit and retain” victims in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas for his own sexual satisfaction and that of his associates.

Elkan Abramowitz, a lawyer for Nygard based in New York, declined to comment.

The tycoon is also facing urban charges in Manhattan for sexually abusing dozens of women. He denies the allegations.

Born in Finland, Nygard grew up in Manitoba where he set up his own clothing company and became one of Canada’s richest men.

Authorities said the victims were attacked by Nygard or his associates after being given drugs to ensure they met his sexual demands.

They added that Nygard often targeted victims who came from disadvantaged or abused backgrounds.

According to the nine-count indictment, Nygard used multiple means to recruit his victims.

These allegedly included “Pamper Parties” funded by the company and named after the free food, beverage and spa services.

His victims were then illegally detained on various properties he owns in Marina del Rey, California and the Bahamas.

According to the indictment, Nygard used threats of arrest, damage to reputation and lawsuits to silence anyone who wanted to accuse him.

In February, Nygard resigned as president of Nygard International following an FBI raid on the company’s headquarters in New York near Times Square.

According to Reuters

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