Human trafficking arrests made in Toronto

By Rakesh Tripathi, CNN • Updated 15th May 2019 Two females were reportedly rescued from a Toronto home in a human trafficking sting Tuesday Two men — a 46-year-old man and a 51-year-old man…

Human trafficking arrests made in Toronto

By Rakesh Tripathi, CNN • Updated 15th May 2019

Two females were reportedly rescued from a Toronto home in a human trafficking sting Tuesday

Two men — a 46-year-old man and a 51-year-old man — have been charged by Toronto police with human trafficking following the incident.

In a press conference, police said the suspects would prey on young teenage girls by telling them they were renting an apartment, and actually renting a house, where they kept the girls there against their will.

Officers recovered a small amount of Canadian marijuana at the house.

In the press conference, Toronto police sergeant Mike Earl said authorities had been looking for the suspects since January. “We have been dealing with it since then and every weekend, we would travel to the area to try and find them.”

“The subject were giving them drugs, some of the subjects were giving the victims alcohol and in exchange, they would take the girls to places like parties to engage in sex acts,” Earl said.

Arrests made in east-end residential raids

Toronto police searched an apartment in the Cabbagetown area and a home in the Old Dundas area during simultaneous raids Tuesday morning. Earl said those arrested were co-conspirators in the case.

The two men were charged with human trafficking, trafficking in persons and attempted sexual assault, police said.

More than 20,000 men, women and children have called Toronto police about human trafficking since September 2016, according to Sgt. Mike Earl of the Human Trafficking Unit. More than 1,200 referrals to that unit since then, making up 26% of human trafficking complaints made to Toronto police, Earl said.

CNN’s Michael Pearson reported in May 2018 from the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto that calls to Toronto police’ tip line about suspected human trafficking had spiked in 2017, while calls about homeless people being exploited dropped.

Police warned in a press release that individuals in the current human trafficking investigation believed to be involved in this type of activity should not be considered innocent until proven guilty.

A number of social media channels were shut down in connection with the raid.

Human trafficking investigations in other parts of the world

From India to Mexico, human trafficking rings have long been connected to sexual exploitation in many parts of the world. And so too have human trafficking investigations.

In March, the Philippines registered nearly 11,500 cases of human trafficking in the first quarter of 2019, according to a Philippine government report.

Trafficking is generally defined as forcing someone to work without their consent, or human trafficking victims.

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