Jeanenne Fontaine, a Winnipeg woman charged with human trafficking, says she got into the sex trade to support a drug addiction, but insists she never forced anyone else into prostitution.
The 27-year-old woman said she had kicked a drug habit for four years, but the death of her cousin Tina Fontaine last summer caused her to relapse.
“After Tina, it kinda messed me up, like I just wanted to forget the loss,” Fontaine said. “It hurt my heart so much, I just got lost.”
The body of the 15-year-old was pulled from the Red River on Aug. 17, 2014. At the time, Winnipeg Police said the teen had been placed in a bag before being dumped in the water. No charges have been laid in her death.
On June 1, Jeanenne Fontaine and three men — twins Clinton and Eric Wirffel, and their friend, Jesse Thomas — were charged with human trafficking.
There is a publication ban on the details of the allegations, and Fontaine’s lawyer advised her not to talk to the media, but she said she wants to set the record straight.
“I’ve never made anybody work for me at all,” she said. “I did it for me, for myself, for my habits, nobody else.”
Fontaine said she barely knows the Wirffel twins or Thomas, and that she met the three men through her drug suppliers at her apartment on Furby Street. Now all four are facing a charge of trafficking of a person under age 18.