First Nations

Man charged with slaying of Native woman


A Canadian man was charged with the murder of Rachel Quinney, a 19-year-old Native woman who was working on the streets as a prostitute.

Quinney was from the Frog Lake First Nation, a Cree community in Alberta. After moving to Edmonton, she became involved in the sex trade industry at a young age.

Eventually, she went missing in May 2004. Her badly beating body was found a month later outside of town.

Thomas George Svekla, 38, now faces charges of second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a human body. He has already been charged for the death of another sex trade worker.

Get the Story:
Alberta man facing second murder charge (The Globe and Mail 1/3)
Alberta man charged with second prostitute’s death (CanWest News Service 1/2)
Alberta man charged in second prostitute's slaying (CBC 1/2)

Relevant Links:
Native Women Missing in Canada - http://www.missingnativewomen.ca/alert.html