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[TPS] – Update on Arrests in Human Trafficking investigation, Three people face 43 charges‏

In Writing (all kinds) on March 31, 2015 at 2:04 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Update on Arrests in Human Trafficking investigation, Three people face 43 charges

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 1:58 PM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

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.

See previous release.

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.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Peter Brady, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 10:30 a.m., Headquarters, media gallery, News conference, Human Trafficking investigation, Police Appeal to Public‏

In Writing (all kinds) on March 31, 2015 at 7:42 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 10:30 a.m., Headquarters, media gallery, News conference, Human Trafficking investigation, Police Appeal to Public

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 7:37 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., in the media gallery at headquarters, the Toronto Police Services Sex Crimes will update the media on a Human Trafficking investigation.

Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, Unit Commander of Sex Crimes; Michele Anderson, Human Trafficking Specialist for Covenant House; and Dawn Harvard, President of Native Women’s Association of Canada, will speak at the news conference.

The news conference will be broadcast on Bell TOC and livestreamed on YouTube.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Donna’s Video Work

In Uncategorized, Video Work on March 31, 2015 at 3:00 AM

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This is a rough demotape of video work I have done for the Discovery Channel, CJOH-TV, a really old story from Carleton University featuring the late Princess Diana and a public service announcement I did throughout Ontario back in 2003. Take a look and enjoy.

Avoiding Pitfalls of the Scam Artist

In Business, Education, Writing (all kinds) on March 30, 2015 at 3:00 AM

You can find scam artists big and small every where you look in the world today. It may be a telemarketer offering you a trip that sounds too good to be true. It might be a car mechanic that overcharges you for an oil change. It can even be a friend who offers you a great job in a business that is basically shrouded in fraud. It can even be advice from a tarot reader.

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Coffee on the Cheap

In Business, Entertainment, Health, Writing (all kinds) on March 29, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Some people can spend anywhere from $200 on coffee a month buying it outside of the home. But, there are lots of great ways to brew coffee right in your own abode and save a lot of money.

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Cold Weather Heating Tips

In Business, Environment, Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 28, 2015 at 3:00 AM

As we battle the snowy storms outside and ignite the furnaces inside, sometimes keeping a place warm can be a real challenge. If you are the type to pump up the heat, you will probably end the month with heating bills that leave you cold.

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Culture in Toronto on the Cheap

In Business, Culture, Entertainment, Writing (all kinds) on March 27, 2015 at 3:00 AM

September is the biggest tourist time in Toronto and if you’re headed this way, there are many cultural things to do for free.

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Happy Birthday Talise!

In Writing (all kinds) on March 26, 2015 at 3:00 AM

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY MY DARLING NIECE!

[TPS] – Media advisory, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7 p.m., Headquarters, lobby, Service awards, 121 TPS members and two community members recognized for unselfish acts of bravery, courage, exceptional performance of duty and dedicated service

In Writing (all kinds) on March 25, 2015 at 6:02 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7 p.m., Headquarters, lobby, Service awards, 121 TPS members and two community members recognized for unselfish acts of bravery, courage, exceptional performance of duty and dedicated service to the community

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 5:59 AM
Corporate Risk Management
416-808-7096

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 7 p.m., in the lobby at headqyarters, 121 members of the Toronto Police Service and two members of our community will be recognized for unselfish acts of bravery, courage, exceptional performance of duty and for dedicated service to the community.

The presentations will be made by Toronto Police Services Board Chair Dr. Alok Mukherjee and Chief William Blair.

For further information, please contact Ms. Renee Angco at 416 808-7096 or Corporate Communications at 416 808-7100.

View the Award Presentation program.

Celebrating a Grad at Jump

In Education, Health, Living, Restaurant Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on March 25, 2015 at 3:00 AM

jump-restaurant

I’ve seen my brother and sister grow up so much so – they’re even taller than I am. One of the first moments when we were all together as adults – just us – was surrounded by food at one of my favourite restaurants called Jump in Toronto.

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Happy Birthday Oshun!

In Writing (all kinds) on March 24, 2015 at 3:00 AM

HAVE A FANTASTIC DAY MY DARLING NIECE!

Have Fun in the Snow

In Entertainment, Living, Writing (all kinds) on March 23, 2015 at 3:00 AM

It’s here, so you might as well enjoy it. It’s snow, and if plenty has fallen in your area, there are many ways you can make of the most of it.

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How to furnish your home on the cheap! – Before Bedbugs

In Business, cars, Home Decor, Living, Writing (all kinds) on March 22, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Trust me, it’s worth the investment.

Rent a truck for a weekend, bring a strong friend along and get ready to load up on all the free stuff.

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How to Get Fall Clothing on the Cheap

In Beauty, Business, Entertainment, Writing (all kinds) on March 21, 2015 at 3:00 AM

The best deal I ever got for fall was one time when I was in Sudbury shopping with the mother of a friend of mine. I was up there for an interview and she was kind enough to take me to the Value Village. What a great place!

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How to Get Dressed for Bed on the Cheap

In Beauty, Business, Health, Writing (all kinds) on March 21, 2015 at 3:00 AM

If you have the money, then it’s really nice to invest in bedtime clothes. There are all kinds of beautiful things you can wear to bed, like silk, satin or good quality cotton on a hot night.

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Making Coffee on the Cheap

In Business, Entertainment, Health, Writing (all kinds) on March 20, 2015 at 3:00 AM

You can save a bundle just making coffee or coffee alternatives at home and still get that warm toasty feeling from having your first to last sip.

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Reading for Less

In book reviews, Business, Entertainment, Writing (all kinds) on March 19, 2015 at 3:00 AM

At the time I was really young, I used to love buying books. I think in some ways I had more money then. I didn’t pay rent and my food was free. Everything is cheaper when you’re a kid, so for those reading, enjoy it while you can.

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Movies on the Cheap

In Business, Entertainment, Movie Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on March 19, 2015 at 3:00 AM

With the rise of Paramount theatres and movie ticket prices, finding cheap places and ways to see films is important.

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Smart Ways of Playing the Real Estate Game

In Business, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on March 18, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Home ownership is a dream of many and can be made a reality if you know how to play the game right.

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The Joys of Having a Cat without Expense

In Business, Living, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on March 17, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Hubert Selby Jr. III is the deceased author of Requiem to a Dream, but it’s also the name of Laina Dawes white cat. Dawes named her cat after her favourite writer who did his craft without punctuation marks and looked at the bad side of human behaviour.

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The Twelve Days of Xmas on the Cheap

In Business, Entertainment, Religion, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on March 16, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Christmas time is near and you have to buy for your true love. Keep these tips in mind for giving during the 12 days of Christmas on the cheap:

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Tips for Reducing Expenses in Small Business

In Business, Writing (all kinds) on March 15, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Even the big businesses are scaling back by selling off properties like in the current situation of GM or cutting employees. For small businesses, saving money becomes important. Here are some tips on how to save money in your small business or the one you dream to own someday.

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Where to Eat for Less in Toronto

In Culture, Health, Restaurant Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on March 14, 2015 at 3:00 AM

The Canadian dollar is strong, but the American one is still stronger. If you’re on vacation in Toronto, there are many places to eat extremely cheap in some neighbourhoods that seem scary to many Torontonians, but many Americans may not even blink an eye.

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Gathering People for Gardens of Diversity (originally published in the Toronto Voice)

In Culture, Environment, Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 13, 2015 at 3:00 AM

More than 10 people came out to participate as volunteers for a conference being held by the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA). The conference is called Gardens of Diversity.

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In My Pocket Just Released

In book reviews, Business, Writing (all kinds) on March 12, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Cover Art for In My Pocket

Cover Art for In My Pocket

This book is about how to help yourself during the perilous times we live in.

The Independent Herald Created by Crayon

In Events, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on March 11, 2015 at 3:00 AM

I have created my own newspaper with the help of Crayon. To read up on some news sources I have selected, please go to this link:

http://www.crayon.net/read.cgi?dkakonge@sympatico.ca

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Audio Downloads Now Available on e-Store

In book reviews, Business, Radio Podcasts, Uncategorized on March 10, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Church Sunday is just one of the downloads available on my e-store

Church Sunday is just one of the downloads available on my e-store

The Education Generation is Published

In book reviews, Education, Writing (all kinds) on March 9, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Discover everything you need to know about the world of education

Discover everything you need to know about the world of education

With lively articles on various topics concerning learning, The Education Generation has just been published by Donna Kakonge. It can be bought at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. It is a great resource for professors, students and anyone who has an interest in education.

Women and Cats on Bus

In Pets, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work on March 8, 2015 at 3:00 AM

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This video shows two women with cute cats on the TTC.

Gas Prices

In Business, cars, Writing (all kinds) on March 7, 2015 at 3:00 AM

It amazes me how high gas prices are now a days. I remember the time when I used to drive a white Lada and the gas prices were .45 cents a litre. That was back in the mid to late 80s. Anyone would be hard pressed to find gas prices like that anywhere.

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Playing Video Games

In Education, Entertainment, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on March 6, 2015 at 3:00 AM

I was one of those lucky children who had one of the first video games that came out – Atari ping pong. I would play against my Dad, brother and sister until I could beat all of them. I would sometimes play with friends too. The kinds of games I would play as a child are extremely different from the kinds of games that are out now.

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Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

In Beauty, Business, Education, Uncategorized on March 5, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Here is something that looks interesting for those of you in the business of selling ideas:

http://www.worthathousandwords.com/

Stopping Smoking

In Health, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on March 5, 2015 at 3:00 AM

The best way to quit smoking is not start in the first place. It saddens me to see other people smoke around me – even more so than smoking myself. I guess there are worse things some of these people could be doing.

Music to My Ears

In Culture, Movie Reviews, Radio Podcasts, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on March 4, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Music to My Ears

Filmmaker Mikel Guillen is in production of a new project called “Music to My Ears.” It is being shot in Toronto. The film is in French and Guillen and I sat outside a marché to find out more about his film.

Matoke (excerpt from the book Spiderwoman)

In book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 3, 2015 at 3:00 AM
You can find the audio version of this story on my e-store

You can find the audio version of this story on my e-store

In the early 1980’s, when I was 10 years old, things changed at my school with the arrival of a new vice-principal. At O’Connor Public School in Toronto, Mr. Goldberg set up a close-circuit television studio. The show the students and Mr. Goldberg produced was called OCTV News.

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The Struggle of Writing

In Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Technology, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on March 2, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Writing really is a wonderful thing. I would recommend for anyone to do it if this is what they want to do. I also do some radio when I have the chance and I am looking to either borrow a digital recorder from one of the places where I work so I can work on a private project or save up enough money for one. I have a mini-disc, which used to be the industry standard – however, everything is going digital Read the rest of this entry »

Diverse women of the North (originally published in Amöi Magazine)

In Culture, Living, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 2, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Yellowknife is a well-kept Canadian secret.

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What Happened to the Afro?

In book reviews, Business, Culture, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Uncategorized on March 1, 2015 at 3:00 AM

What Happened to the Afro?

Here is a commentary radio piece that aired with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. To find out more about this topic, you can also visit my website where a book is on this topic at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

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