|Toronto Police Service
Update on Arrests in Human Trafficking investigation, Three people face 43 charges
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 1:58 PM
On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team started an investigation into a Human Trafficking occurrence.
It is alleged that:
– a girl, 14, was forced into the sex-trade industry
– she was taken to a hotel in Toronto where she were forced to work as a sex-trade worker
– she was forced to hand over a large quantity of money to the accused
– she attempted to leave the control of the accused; upon doing so, she was held against her will
– the incident escalated and hotel security were called at which time she asked for assistance and police were called
On Friday, February 27, 2015, Sage Finestone, 21; Nicholas Faria, 19; and Natasha Robitaille, 18, were arrested and charged.
All three have been charged with the following offences:
1) Trafficking in Persons
2) Trafficking in Persons under 18 years
3) Material Benefit – Trafficking
4) Material Benefit – Trafficking under 18 years
5) Material Benefit from Sexual Services
6) Material Benefit from Sexual Services under 18 years
7) Procuring or Exercising Control
8) Procuring or Exercising Control under 18 years
9) Advertising Sexual Services
10) Advertising Sexual Services
As a result of the press release for the above occurrence, another victim contacted police and spoke to members of the Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team.
It is alleged that:
– some time in January 2015, a 16-year old girl was procured into the sex trade by one of the accused
– she was picked up from outside of Toronto area and driven to a downtown Toronto hotel
– the girl was forced to provide sexual services over the course of two days by the three accused
– she was then forced to turn all the money over
– the girl eventually managed to find an opportunity to escape
– the accused became upset and began calling and messaging her, threatening to cause her harm if she didn’t return
On Monday, March 16, 2015, all three were each charged with:
1) Trafficking in Persons under 18 years
2) Material Benefit – Trafficking
3) Material Benefit – Trafficking under 18 years
4) Exercising Control
5) Procuring – Person under 18 years (Robitaille Only)
Police believe there may be more victims.
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), orLeave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Peter Brady, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team
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