Toronto Man Charged In Human Trafficking Investigation

Monday March 9th, 2020

Posted at 3:06pm

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A Toronto man is facing charges after a human trafficking investigation.

Police say that on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at approximately 11 am they received information from a Police Service in the Greater Toronto Area that a complainant had contacted them after receiving a social media message from the young person indicating that they were in distress. The investigation was forwarded to the Windsor Police Service after information was received that the involved young female may be in the Windsor area.

Officers began searching for the subject female.

Shortly before 12pm officers located the subject female in the parking lot of a motel located in the 2300 block of Huron Church Road.

Upon speaking with the young female officers learned that she had recently travelled to Windsor from the GTA with an adult male. Investigation revealed that a number of human trafficking related offences were believed to have occurred.

Officers located the adult subject male within a room of the motel and arrested him without incident.

Investigators applied for and received judicial authorization to search the involved motel room.

The young female victim was transported to hospital for medical assessment.

Investigation revealed that the subject adult male and young female had met roughly a month ago. The male soon began controlling behaviour over the female and involved her in the sex industry. The adult male was believed to be controlling the victim’s finances, clientele, and movements.

The adult male, from the GTA, is charged with trafficking a person by recruiting, trafficking a person by exercising control, material benefit resulting from human trafficking, publish intimate image without consent, sexual assault, sexual interference with a person under 16 years of age and invitation to sexual touching of a person under 16 years of age.

His name is not currently being released to protect the identity of the young female victim.

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