A Lower Mainland man who faces multiple prostitution charges appeared in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday for what was expected to be the first day of his trial.
Dressed in bright red prison garb, Michael William Bannon sat in the dock for what was expected to be the first day of a 72-day long trial, according to documents.
However Wednesday’s hearing was about the defence submitting more evidence for disclosure, and a publication ban prevents CKNW from reporting further.
The 34-year-old was charged with 25 counts including luring and living off the avails of prostitution out of his nine alleged victims, eight were under 18-years-old.
Bannon allegedly lured the teenage girls in Vancouver and Surrey between June 2014 and July 2015, the case investigated by the VPD’s Counter Exploitation Unit.