Toronto police have charged 32 people after a six day wide range operation targeting human trafficking.
Over 390 officers from 53 different police services, plus the FBI in the United States, identified 78 offences related directly to people operating mainly in the sex trade business.
The co-ordinated investigations were able to ensure the safety of 16 people working in the sex trade as a minor or against their will, with several under the age of 16.
The bulk of the arrests happened during ‘Operation Northern Spotlight’ which took place in Ontario where 25 people were charged with 67 offences.
- Trafficking in Persons under 18
- Trafficking in Persons
- Procure Sexual Services under 18
- Procure Sexual Services
- Receive Material Benefit under 18
- Receive Material Benefit
- Communicate for the Purpose of Obtaining for Consideration the Sexual Services of a Person
- Exercise Control
- Make Child Pornography
- Distribute Child Pornography
- Possess Child Pornography
- Child Luring
- Advertise Another Person’s Sexual Services
- Obstruct Police
- Resist Arrest
- Weapons Dangerous
- various Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) offences
- Failure to Comply with Court Orders and Conditions including Breaches of Recognizance and Probation
Toronto police say human trafficking is a local, provincial and national problem that affects the most vulnerable in society.
Police encourage anyone affected to come forward and report trafficking occurrences.