Toronto Police have charged a 24 year old man after a human trafficking investigation.
Police began an investigation on Monday, April 13, 2015.
It is alleged that a man recruited a 17-year-old girl while he was in his hometown of Halifax.
The man convinced the girl to come with him to Toronto then destroyed her identification documents and provided her with false i.d. which presented her as an adult.
The man forced the girl to work in a spa, provide sexual services to clients, then turn over all the money to him.
He destroyed her phone to isolate her from family and friends and imposed earning quotas on her
The man assaulted the girl, causing her to fear for her safety but she was eventually able to escape and reported the matter to police.
The man fled to Halifax, where he was located and arrested on a Canada Wide Warrant by local authorities.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 24 year old Shondell Lucas-Johnson, of Halifax, was arrested.
He is facing eight charges including trafficking of a person under the age of 18 years – exercise control and forcible confinement.
Police are concerned there may be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.