Three people have been charged in relation to the Human Trafficking of an 18 year old female by the Peel Regional Plice.
Between the months of July and September of 2016, the victim was lured into the sex trade by three individuals. During this time, the female worked as an escort under their direction and control at various locations across the Greater Toronto Area, investigators from the Major Drugs and Vice Unit said.
On October 3rd, 2016, investigators arrested and charged the following individuals in relation to these incidents:
Jason DEIDUN, a 36 year old male from Toronto.
Dana BERNARD, a 38 year old female from Toronto.
Ashley BERNARD, a 20 year old female from Toronto.
All three have been charged with: Trafficking In Persons, Receiving Benefit Resulting From Trafficking in Persons, Procuring, Material Benefit from Sexual Services (Living off the Avails)
Ashley BERNARD was also charged with Advertising Sexual Services.
All three individuals were held for a bail hearing on October 4th, 2016 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.
Members of the Peel Regional Police Major Drugs and Vice Bureau are concerned that there may be more victims associated to this group of individuals who have not had the opportunity or are reluctant to come forward.
Human trafficking is a complex and often a hidden crime that results in serious and long-term trauma for victims. Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and use different tactics to control, abuse, exploit and profit from them.
Peel Regional Police is committed to identifying and aiding victims of human trafficking as well as identifying, arresting and prosecuting those responsible for exploiting these victims.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact investigators of the Major Drugs and Vice Unit at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3555. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “PEEL” and then your tip. – CINEWS