A Yellowknife man has been sentenced to three years in jail for running a small prostitution ring, stabbing one of the women he had working for him and robbing a taxi cab driver while armed with a knife.
At least one of the two women he coaxed into prostitution using money and drugs is Indigenous – both their names are protected by a publication ban.
29-year-old Isaias Aburto was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to the charge of procurement, what people know from street slang as “pimping.”
He was also convicted of assault causing bodily harm for stabbing one of the women in the leg with scissors and threatening her.
Aburto was charged with those offences in June of 2017.
In December of last year, while out on bail for the prostitution-related charges, he robbed a cabbie while armed with a knife not far from the downtown core.
He hid his face that night with a balaclava.
The driver was not seriously injured.
Aburto has been in custody since his arrest on that charge.
Taking into account his pre-trial custody, Aburto will have about a year and seven months left to serve.
He has asked to serve it at the South Mackenzie correctional facility in Hay River.