Three men facing 15 charges in human trafficking investigation

The Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team began an investigation into a Human Trafficking occurrence in December, 2015 in the GTA area.

It is alleged that in September 2015, a 15-year-old girl travelled from British Columbia to visit family members in Ontario.

During her stay, she was introduced to a man and theyexchanged cell numbers. In late-November 2015, the man messaged her, asking if she wanted to go out.

She agreed and the man, along with another man, he picked her up; all three went out and the two men supplied her with a large quantity of alcohol and drugs.

She was then taken to a Toronto hotel where she was forced into the sex trade industry; she was told she had to pay off the cost of the transportation to Toronto and the cost of the hotel room. he men took photos of her in certain degrees of undress and posted them on backpages.com, advertising sexual services,they told her what to charge her clients for specific sex acts, although they were aware she was only 15 years of age.

Ten clients a day

She was forced to have sex with clients and turn over all the money to them; she was forced to work, over a period of three weeks, in various hotels in Oshawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls, on a daily basis, having sex with ten or more clients a day.

During a stay in a hotel in Oshawa, she was kicked out of the room and the accused parties told her she would have to work more to pay for the inconvenience of being removed from the hotel. At this point, the men enlisted the assistance of a third man, to register the hotel rooms for her and her clients

On Thursday, December 17, 2015, she was able to call the police. Between June 2 and June 6, 2016, as a result of an extensive investigation, members of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team arrested all three men.

Ahmadu Ahmed, 20, of Toronto, and Maher Saleh, 20, of Toronto ares charged with: 1) Trafficking in persons under 18 Years 2) Material Benefit – under 18 Years 3) Material Benefit from Sexual Services 4) Trafficking in Persons by Exercising Control 5) Procuring Person under 18 Years 6) Advertising Another Person’s Sexual Services

Jerome Laing, 19, of Toronto, is charged with:

1) Trafficking in Person Under 18
2) Receive Material Benefit from Sexual Services
3) Receive Material Benefit Under 18

Jerome Laing appeared in court at College Park on Thursday, June 2, 2016, 2 p.m., room 501. The other two men appeared in court at College Park on Monday, June 6, 2016, 2 p.m., room 501.

Police are concerned there may be other victims. Police would like to encourage all affected individuals to come forward and report Human Trafficking occurrences to police.The police pointed out that everyone needs to have access to support services and an exit strategy, regardless of their decision to proceed criminally.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Human Trafficking means every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation, for a sexual purpose or a forced labour purpose. Victims can be men, women or children; can be Canadian citizens; and can be moved across local, provincial or national borders. They can be coerced through violence or the threat of violence against family and friends. The Human Trafficking Enforcement Team of Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit the Sex Crimes Sex Crimes website. – CINEWS

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