The Nygard headquarters is shown in Winnipeg on Feb. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The Nygard headquarters is shown in Winnipeg on Feb. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Former fashion leader Peter Nygard to be extradited to United States on sex charges

Seven alleged victims expected to testify in a criminal trial in U.S.

WINNIPEG — A former Canadian fashion mogul will be sent to the United States to face sex trafficking and racketeering charges.

Peter Nygard, who is 80, is expected to give his consent to a Winnipeg court to be extradited.

Nygard was arrested in Winnipeg last year under the Extradition Act and faces nine counts in the Southern District of New York.

Authorities there accuse Nygard of using his influence in the fashion industry to lure women and girls with the promise of modelling and other financial opportunities.

He has denied all allegations.

The extradition request from the U.S. details accounts from seven alleged victims who are expected to testify in a criminal trial in that country that their livelihoods and movements became dependent on having sex with Nygard.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2021.

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