A 26-year-old man from Toronto is facing charges of human trafficking after being found at a Greater Sudbury hotel with two women, including a minor.
The OPP said in a press release that information received by the Provincial Human Trafficking Intelligence-led Joint Forces Strategy on June 20 led to an investigation into allegations of victims being traded.
Earlier in the week, a person was located at the Greater Sudbury hotel with two women, including one who is a minor. The women received help through a victim service agency and are now in a safe place.
The 26-year-old Toronto man was charged with:
- Trade in persons under the age of 18 § 279.011;
- Trafficking in human beings (adult) section 279.01;
- Material benefits as a result of trafficking in persons under 18 years of age section 279.02 (2);
- Material advantage due to human trafficking section 279.02;
- Advertising of sexual services, section 286.4;
- Detention or destruction of documents in connection with trafficking in persons under 18 years of age § 279.03, para.
- Detention or destruction of a document in relation to human trafficking § 279.03, para. and,
- Assault Section 266.
The accused is still remanded in custody pending a bail hearing. Police suspect there may be persons with knowledge and urge anyone with further information to contact the OPP’s non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122 or their local police. If you or someone you know may be a victim of these crimes, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The investigation was supported by members of the Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Kingston Police Force, Peterborough Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Anishinabek Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
The OPP units involved included the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, the Physical Surveillance Unit, the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, the Digital Forensics Unit and the Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Unit.
The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-833-900-1010. Human trafficking resources are available at canadiancentretoendhumantrafficking.ca.