21-year-old Toronto man charged in connection with human trafficking investigation

Written by Javed Iqbal

A 21-year-old man faces more than two dozen charges in connection with an investigation into trafficking in a girl in Ontario.

Toronto police said the investigation, which began in April this year, showed that a teenage girl was allegedly groomed over social media and traded in sex in Ontario and British Columbia between August 2021 and April 2022.

Police said the suspect allegedly used “a combination of deception, coercion and physical violence” during that time. They added that the money earned was handed over to the suspect.

On Thursday, police announced they had arrested a man in the Victoria Park and O’Connor Drive area linked to the investigation.

Police said officers seized a loaded firearm, a quantity of drugs and cash during the arrest.

The suspect, Andrew “Hot Boy Ryda” Pothiers-Grant, has been charged with several offensesincluding assault, trafficking in persons under 18 by recruitment, two cases of economic / material advantage / smuggling of persons under 18, two cases of production of child pornography and possession of a loaded firearm.

Police released a photo of the suspect as they are concerned there may be more victims.

“The police would like to encourage all affected people to come forward and report human trafficking to the police. We want to ensure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy, regardless of their decision to take criminal action.”

Anyone with information please contact police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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